Where Arts and Imagination Fuel the MindOur mission is to empower, engage, and educate individuals, care partners, and families living with dementia or other brain health issues to live a more fulfilling life through the arts, social interaction and community outreach.
“Isolation is a large contributing factor to increasing the pain and difficulty of having dementia. Our programs are designed to decrease isolation and increase socialization with community support.”
– Dr. Charlie Farrell
Farrell Foundation Updates
We strongly encourage masks for all, and masks are required for non-vaccinated guests while inside the Center for Artful Living. We take precautions in maintaining the cleanliness of the building and equipment. The Foundation will continue to offer programs virtually, allowing multi-platform programming to assure opportunities to either attend in person or from the comfort of our participant’s home. Our weekly calendar is found below on the home page, along with a series of columns sharing previous programs. Everyone is invited to receive our weekly Constant Contact Newsletter. We also welcome everyone to our upcoming Gala, “A Dance for Joy” on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the Westwood Country Club. Ticket info on the website. To subscribe, or to find out more information about the Gala, contact us at email@example.com or leave us a message at 440-414-0434.
David Jansheski – New Art Exhibit
After caring for his wife Carolyn, Dr. Charlie Farrell saw the need for programs to help families and those suffering with dementia & Alzheimer’s. He created the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation to provide this need. Dr. Charlie has been diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer’s, so Dr. Charlie has started a personal project where he is sharing living with dementia.
The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health was established in 2011 when the Farrell Family saw a need in the community. In caring for Carol, wife and mother, we found that there are few activity based programs for people living at home with dementia/Alzheimer’s. We wanted to bring programming to the community in order to help support people’s treatment plan and management of their illness. Our programs are largely arts based and focus on multi-sensory elements. The human senses centered in the brain preserve abilities well into the disease process.
It is often assumed that people with dementia can not participate in daily life activities anymore, and that is not true. When we create activities that are accessible, individuals thrive and find joy in the experience. People with dementia can create, imagine, and have fun.
Most importantly, isolation is a large contributing factor to increasing the pain and difficulty of having dementia. Our programs are designed to decrease isolation and increase socialization with community support.
What We Do
Joanne & Bob Gura
The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation has made a significant impact on not only my wife’s life, but also our families. From the music events, art projects and social time, the Foundation has served to enrich and support our lives. Joanne has been attending the programs for the past four years. During Covid, the Foundation has served as a sociali- zation time, while keeping us safe. Zoom meetings provided a time to talk to others, laugh, and share experiences with one another. The art programs are Joanne’s favorite activities. Many of our children and friends have complimented her skills when visiting our home! Our grandchildren that live out of state appreciate hanging Grandma’s masterpieces in their home. Joanne spent most of her adult life finding joy in her piano. The music programs have offered the opportunitiy to continue to have music be a part of her life. Listening to the variety of instruments enables us to talk about music and share memories. The social time after programs has been a highlight for Joanne. I cannot thank the volunteers enough. Their heartfelt conversations about grandkids, gardening or complimenting Joanne’s sweaters mean the world to her and I. Dr. Charlie and Jerry welcomed us warmly and continue to be a positive support in our experiences at the Foundation. Lastly, as a couple, we have enjoyed meeting and making new friends, participating in the programs, and enjoy the sense of community the Farrell Foundation has provided
News, Events & Programs
Art Supporting Us
We have amazing artists who have donated their work to support us. You can support them and us by buying their work.
All Proceeds benefit the Farrell Foundation programs.
Purchased art works can be picked up at:
Carolyn L Farrell Foundation
26633 Detroit Road, Westlake, 44145
Hours: M-F 9am to 5pm