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
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message at 440-414-0434.
Dr. Charlie Farrell & Jerry Devis
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
Tom & Marcia Frank
We were introduced to the Farrell Foundation at the Center for Artful Living through an advertisement that our daughter Melinda found in a local publication. She took her mother Marcia to one of the programs in October of 2017 and told me how good it was. Some time later, I had the opportunity to do the same. No sooner did I get Marcia out of our van, we were approached by Jerry Devis, the Center’s Director, who greeted Marcia (by name) and introduced himself to me. It was a picnic lunch and art project program that we were attending. I was quickly introduced to the Center’s staff and several volunteers that were there to help. A couple of weeks later, I met Dr. Charlie Farrell, the Farrell Foundation’s Founder. What a friendly and helpful group of individuals, always smiling and there to guide the participants to enjoy the day’s program despite their challenges. Marcia has Alzheimer’s disease and has benefited from the sessions that we were able to get her to, enjoying both the music programs as well as the art programs. The variety of art projects that Jerry and the staff have available is just remarkable. Marcia had always been a crafty and creative individual, so it was really special to still be able to access that side of her through the Center’s programs. Marcia had brought home all kinds of nice projects she had made, many with help, to enjoy looking at. Going to the Center for the programs offered was a great way to get Marcia out of the house and keep her mind stimulated as best we could with her advancing symptoms. It was a therapy that had made Marcia smile, laugh, cry and laugh again. She now struggles to find the words to say “thank you”, but still appreciated her time at the Center. Marcia’s professional caregiver, Deb O’Malley, took Marcia when we couldn’t and had marveled how well Marcia liked the various programs, staff, volunteers and fellow participants. We had also met many nice individuals at the Center, who for one reason or another, attended and they have become friends to us. Those of us who are caregivers enjoyed the company of the others as we discussed problems, presented our thoughts and encouraged one another with life’s challenges. The Farrell Foundation had allowed Marcia to enjoy herself for a couple of hours out of her day in a very friendly and special setting. I can’t thank the Foundation enough for their good work and mission to those with dementia. My advice to those who have a loved one or friend with dementia…..check out the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation. I think you’ll be glad you did!
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