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Schedule a "Create Date" for Your Elderly Loved One

What is a "Create Date"?


A "Create Date" gives family caregivers of elderly people a much needed break while we engage their loved one in person-centered art-making and co-creation.


We believe "Quality of Life" is just as important as "Quality of Care" for our elderly family members.  "Quality of Life" comes from meaningful connection, creative expression, a greater sense of control & purpose, and many moments of joy.  At Artful Connections, we take a "person-centered" approach to discovering the creative activities that promote "Quality of Life" for your loved one, even as cognition changes with the progression of dementia.  Music, creative movement, drawing, painting, collage, print-making, sculpture, fibre arts, puppetry, drama, life-story books, memory boxes, poetry, storytelling, and photography are all areas of creative exploration.


We want to support you with your "Quality of Life" as well, by helping to reduce some of the stress and overwhelm of being a caregiver.  We report back to you, which arts-based activities result in the most joyful and meaningful outcomes, so you and other family members can have your own “Create Dates” while enhancing "Quality of Life" and making “new” joyful memories with your loved one.


What is Involved in Scheduling the First Create Date?


Create dates are currently available for your family members who are living in Peterborough, Ontario.


If this is your first time booking a “Create Date”, we will arrange for a free, in-person consultation so you and your loved one can meet with Shelley King, owner of Artful Connections, and learn more about her approach to the creative process and co-creating.  During the consultation meeting, she will explore with you and your loved one:


  • What activities your loved one currently enjoys and enjoyed in the past.
  • What your loved one’s current level of physical & cognitive ability is.
  • How long & how frequently you would like the “Create Dates” to be.


Every "Create Date" is planned with the needs and wishes of your family member in mind. Following a "Create Date", Shelley will provide you with a report of which activities worked well, and provide you with complete activity instructions so you and your family members can enjoy your own “Create Date” with your loved one.




Call 705-957-9030 or email artfulconnections1@gmail.com

to arrange a consultation & exploratory meeting for your loved one with dementia.

Our Gift to You


Register for our FREE COURSE "Using the Arts to Create Joy & Connection"!  The course is specially designed for family caregivers.  It includes 3 arts-based activities to help you get started today!

Bringing Stories to Life Through Puppetry


Artful Connections' Shelley King recently coordinated and facilitated an intergenerational project with residents from Fairhaven Long Term Care in Peterborough, Ontario.  This short little video captures the spirit of this awesome arts-based project that honours the identities and stories of the participating seniors, while building special relationships with the participating children.


If you work in, or know of a retirement home or long term care home that would like to host a similar project, please contact artfulconnections1@gmail.com or call 705-957-9030 to discuss your ideas.


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