Expressive Avenues Wellness for Aging Adolescents

Having had a request for this program for adolescents as well, I am including my approach to the various experiential exercises involved to 9-15 year olds. I specified this age range because a 9 year old is typically mature enough to benefit from some of the more esoteric topics but is still young enough to be fearless and creative in their approach. At the other end of the age group are students who are used to the concept of abstract thinking, but have their own socially self-conscious and guarded approach. During these adolescent years, I am always interested in engaging the student’s while they are young enough to still be highly imaginative and creative, but not too young to be confident and independent thinkers.
Since the program is experiential and relies on observations and guidance from an outside facilitator, classrooms of not more than 10 work best and many homeschool groups will find this exciting for the students and parents.

Expressive Avenues Wellness lessons for aging adults 65 and up

Hello again!

I hope some of you who followed along last time are with me again, as well as some new curious minds. It’s been over a year since I ended the first blog and since then I’ve been teaching, learning and discovering what works and what does not. I’ve got some positive results to share and some new exercises. October 26th will be the first post for 2014 and will start posting lessons again in January. So, if you haven’t participated before, gather some other like-minded people and get ready to start, get through the season’s events and look forward to starting 2015 with an optimistic, energetic and experiential program to strengthen your heart, mind and soul. Now, here’s a little more about Expressive Avenues: Wellness…

The goals and outcomes in this program may be tailored to a specific population. The validity of this program lies not only in the immediate results but in the long term wellness benefits. Joining these particular acting and movement exercises with accepted therapeutic outcomes offers participants the promise of vibrant living throughout a lifetime. Expressive Avenues: Wellness focuses on three areas: mental flexibility, physical perception, sensory awareness.

Exercises are most effective in groups of six or more. Social interaction, community building and trust among group participants is essential. Expressive Avenues: Wellness for aging adults closes the existing gap in wellness care for those 65 years old and older. Based on fMRI brain mapping results illustrated in Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter and referencing Abraham Maslow, Edward de Bono and Richard Restak, Angie Dortch has synthesized their theories/philosophies with experiential gaming and awareness exercises used in acting, dance and voice. A wellness program which addresses mental flexibility, physical perception and kinesthetic awareness in a social, interdependent atmosphere is the result. This evidence-based approach to the aging process improves cognition, balance and awareness of the participants internal and external environment.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.– Mother Teresa