Parkvue’s Opening Minds through Art summer session begins


OMA is an evidence-based, award-winning program developed by Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio. Led by trained facilitators Amy DiFilippo, Thess Miller, Sharon Tipton and Samantha Williams, each OMA session provides an opportunity for older adults living with dementia to express themselves creatively.

The program pairs people with dementia with volunteers who are trained to help them use imagination instead of memory and focus on remaining strengths instead of lost skills. OMA enables people with dementia to find new ways to express themselves through a variety of beautiful artwork.

The summer session at Parkvue will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays through July 27, with an art showcase that is open to the public Aug. 19. The community holds no session July 6.

For information on becoming a volunteer with OMA, please call Amy DiFilippo at 419.621.1900. For more information about Parkvue Community, visit For information about United Church Homes’ memory care services, visit


About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The faith-based nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 74 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

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