Where Arts and Imagination Fuel the MindOur 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
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
Marge Widmar and Bob Scarr
Friendly, warm, happy, and welcoming are the first words that come to mind when we think of The Center for Artful Living. Bob and I learned of the Center through Bob’s cardiologist office. It has been a lovely discovery. In particular, Bob and I look forward to the music programs on Tuesday afternoons.
With Bob’s love of music and life-time participation particularly in vocal music, we find pleasure in the diversity that is presented. We have enjoyed programs with vocal music that encourage people to sing-along. Instrumental programs with violin, clarinet, guitar, and piano introduce us to local musicians who earnestly charm us with their gift of music.
Socially, the Center has introduced us to a whole new group of people, providing the opportunity for new friends, which is very much appreciated. The sharings of each person whether memories, experiences, or advice is touching. We find this to be true of the participants and the volunteers. In particular, we could say that any feelings of shyness or hesitation were immediately wiped away with the warm welcome on our first visit to the Center. The same can be said of the current Zoom gatherings.
The Center whether on Detroit Road or virtual provides an easy comfort zone for Bob, De Ann who has been with us for four years, and myself. Also, in between the camaraderie, the singing, the instrumental sounds, there are smiles and sounds of laughter. That wonderful sound that makes challenges slip away.
Thinking of all of you as spring begins in beauty and spirit. We miss being at our Center but have been able to stay in touch with many of you but want to encourage many more to join us on our Zoom Conference sessions. These are held on Tuesday and Friday at 2 pm and Wednesday at 11:00 am. Email invitations are sent the previous day with instructions. We have found that even though we are not together at the Center, it allows us to still connect and be engaged, enjoy a program led by our professionals and time to share thoughts and concerns. If you are interested in joining us on Zoom, please email us at email@example.com or leave us a message at 440-414-0434.
Dr. Charlie Farrell & Jerry Devis
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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
We thank these organizations for their kind and continuous support.