Changing Seasons: A Language Arts Curriculum for Healthy Aging is a language-based, interdisciplinary program that increases interaction and communication skills among older adults. Featuring simple step-by-step lesson plans and interactive activities, Changing Seasons is a practical guide for caregivers and health care professionals to ensure individuals sustain their quality of life as they age. Each activity reveals new, creative, and fun ways to encourage individuals to speak, think, and write, sparking imagination and engagement with others. This new revised edition recognizes the growing importance of technology in communication, and incorporates many lessons learned during pandemic isolation, as communication was often limited to screens. Included is a new chapter that incorporates eight lessons on utilizing videoconferencing platforms. Though technology may evolve, communication will remain key to a sense of community and companionship—whether in person or online. Changing Seasons provides a roadmap to promoting meaningful interactions.
Preface to Revised Edition
About The Program
Abstract Art Activities
As an educator for more than thirty years, Denise L. Calhoun is National Board certified as a distinguished teacher in language arts. With advanced degrees in education and educational psychology, Calhoun has mentored new teachers for the Los Angeles Unified School District and was a master teacher for California State University, Northridge. She is the founder and president of Communicare, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to advance the quality of life and sense of purpose for older adults by providing opportunities for lifelong learning and meaningful social interaction across generations.
Praise for the First Edition: "This book offers educators, administrators, and caregivers an array of activities that can improve language and thinking skills of older adults through participation in engaging activities and lessons that encourage active involvement. Creating a language-rich environment may assist older adults in establishing and maintaining friendships and can enhance well-being through healthy practices. This curriculum is a great resource for anyone implementing educational and recreational programming for older adults." —Lourdes R. Guerrero, EdD, MSW, UCLA Geriatric