NURSING HOME IN AMSTERDAM AIMS TO FIGHT SOCIAL ISOLATION
Elderly people often experience social isolation, a chronic condition that could lead the person to develop social anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.
That’s why, the Vreugdehof in Buitenveldert is bringing the community closer to its residents, by turning a part of its space into an art gallery this October.
The nursing home located in Amsterdam has invited 10 guest curators, all aged 65 or over, to display at least 120 works of art including paintings, sculptures and photographs in its communal areas.
Marie-Jose de Bie, of Stichting Smaak which runs the facility, said part of the idea was to bring art to residents who were no longer physically capable of visiting a museum.
‘We anticipate that nursing homes will take on more facilities, such as a library and a children’s creche. It gives elderly people a sense of being part of society,’ De Bie told in an interview.
The gallery exhibits identity, replicating diverse backgrounds of the Vreugdenhof’s residents as well as the way identity changes with age – one of the guest curators has focused on sign language and how deafness affects the individual’s identity.
‘It’s important that they feel seen and heard in the nursing home and don’t have to hide their own identity away,’ De Bie added.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports Vreugdehof’s aim to fight social isolation through art healing the elderly from loneliness and depression.
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