Where Arts and Imagination Fuel the Mind

Our mission is to empower individuals and families to live well with dementia and other brain health issues through the arts 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

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.

About Us

The Farrell Family

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

Nancy Mowrey, Tess Wrzesinski, and Jan McKay

Even before COVID, we looked forward to activities with the Farrell Foundation and our newfound friends. But on Zoom, we found a delightful cadre of people who share some of the same challenges we do, and we have been surrounded, virtually, with people who care. We were amazed when we received our free art box, full of supplies for our creative meetings. This allowed us to participate, worry-free. And participate we did! We asked Tess, our 91 year old mother, why she likes meeting with “her friends” on Zoom. She said “They treat me nice and compliment me.” We cannot underestimate how much it means to her, when we log on, to have Jerry and Dr. Charlie, and others boom out “Hi Tess!”. The fact that someone addresses her by name, recognizing her, complimenting her, makes her feel empowered and happy. And while she likes doing her art projects (she actually likes to supervise the most) she especially likes holding them up for everyone to see! And she loves seeing what others have created as well. The art process transforms her to her old sociable self. In fact, we are eternally grateful for the mute button or everyone would hear a lot more teasing from her in every session. For someone who has been home-bound, these meetings feel like outings for her, as well as for her daughters and caregiver. Tess’s Zoom friends have become her real friends, even if she does not remember everyone’s name. We have all felt welcome for who we are and what our situation is – what our lives are all about. And during COVID, the meet-ups were hours of hope that reminded us that we were not alone and that we could weather the storm together. The enrichment programs through the Farrell Foundation keep Tess’s brain in gear, en- gaging her through music, story-telling, sharing, and even cooking. The diversity of ex- periences have ensured that we could provide enrichment experiences that go far beyond the content itself. They are full of acceptance, guidance, encouragement, and caring. They are the “no stress” welcoming hours of our week. Doing these art projects, sing-alongs, and other activities with Tess gave us time together where we all could focus on one endeavor. It brought us together in enjoyment and created times to be closer. It gave us a chance to be complimentary, too, and it gave us a chance to encourage her expression. We think that the same benefits have been given to Tess’s relation- ship with her other caregiver. The fact that Tess can share her art in a gallery, a newsletter or even through photos we share with relatives is one she enjoys. When people ask “How’s your mom?”, we can send a photo of her and a piece of her artwork. They will see her with a big smile. Saying “thank you” to everyone is really not good enough, but it is all we have. Just know that everyone involved is appreciated, and the impact you have on our lives, is frankly, priceless.

We are excited to share that we have re-opened the Center for Artful Living! Guests can now safely return to Farrell Foundation programs. Based on the latest COVID statitics for the State of Ohio, we are encouraging any non-vaccinated guests to wear masks as well as any others while inside the Center for Artful Living. We take precautions in maintaining the cleanliness of the buidling 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. To subscribe, contact us at info@farrellfoundation.com or leave us a message at 440-414-0434.

Dr. Charlie Farrell & Jerry Devis

News, Events & Programs

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Participants enjoy waving scarves to the music in Friday's Celebrate the Arts session led by Music Therapist Sara Williams, from ...
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Autumn Art!

Autumn Art!

Participants Joanne & Bob share their beautiful autumn art from Friday's Celebrate the Arts session! Masks Based on the latest ...
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The Colors of Autumn

The Colors of Autumn

Here's a beautiful autumn watercolor done by Dan R., who is a participant in the Farrell Foundation's Art Works program ...
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Halloween Fun!

Halloween Fun!

Participants Dotty & Jim and their daughters Erin & Mary dressed in great costumes for the Center's annual Halloween Party ...
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Calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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Heartful Living Cafe 2:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Enrichment programs: Experience Music, Art and Time Slips/Creative Writing Each week is a different activity
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Sweet Arts Café 11:00 am
Sweet Arts Café @ Westlake's Community Park
Nov 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweet Arts Café @ Westlake's Community Park
Enjoy Lunch time (Bring Brown Bag Lunch) Experience an Art, Time Slips/Creative Writing Exercise & Book Group Each week is a different activity
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Celebrate the Arts 2:00 pm
Celebrate the Arts @ In Person or Zoom
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Celebrate the Arts @ In Person or Zoom
Enrichment programs: Experience Art, Music, Dance. Each week is a different activity.
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Heartful Living Cafe 2:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Nov 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Enrichment programs: Experience Music, Art and Time Slips/Creative Writing Each week is a different activity
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Sweet Arts Café 11:00 am
Sweet Arts Café @ Westlake's Community Park
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweet Arts Café @ Westlake's Community Park
Enjoy Lunch time (Bring Brown Bag Lunch) Experience an Art, Time Slips/Creative Writing Exercise & Book Group Each week is a different activity
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Celebrate the Arts 2:00 pm
Celebrate the Arts @ In Person or Zoom
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Celebrate the Arts @ In Person or Zoom
Enrichment programs: Experience Art, Music, Dance. Each week is a different activity.
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Heartful Living Cafe 2:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Enrichment programs: Experience Music, Art and Time Slips/Creative Writing Each week is a different activity
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Sweet Arts Café 11:00 am
Sweet Arts Café @ Westlake's Community Park
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweet Arts Café @ Westlake's Community Park
Enjoy Lunch time (Bring Brown Bag Lunch) Experience an Art, Time Slips/Creative Writing Exercise & Book Group Each week is a different activity
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Celebrate the Arts 2:00 pm
Celebrate the Arts @ In Person or Zoom
Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Celebrate the Arts @ In Person or Zoom
Enrichment programs: Experience Art, Music, Dance. Each week is a different activity.
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Heartful Living Cafe 2:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Enrichment programs: Experience Music, Art and Time Slips/Creative Writing Each week is a different activity
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Sweet Arts Café 11:00 am
Sweet Arts Café @ Westlake's Community Park
Nov 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweet Arts Café @ Westlake's Community Park
Enjoy Lunch time (Bring Brown Bag Lunch) Experience an Art, Time Slips/Creative Writing Exercise & Book Group Each week is a different activity
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Celebrate the Arts 2:00 pm
Celebrate the Arts @ In Person or Zoom
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Celebrate the Arts @ In Person or Zoom
Enrichment programs: Experience Art, Music, Dance. Each week is a different activity.
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Heartful Living Cafe 2:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Nov 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Heartful Living Cafe @ In Person or Zoom
Enrichment programs: Experience Music, Art and Time Slips/Creative Writing Each week is a different activity

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

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