Fourth Age Support Group by Means of Arts during the Corona Pandemic

Fourth Age Support Group by Means of Arts during the Corona Pandemic

As the sessions developed, the group began to take a more meaningful place in the lives of the participants and constituted an anchor for them during the week, as stated by one of the participants: “I wait for this day of the week and I am so lonely and this day is my anchor”. Likewise, they share with their family members and even create with their grandchildren inspired by the interventions done in the group and apparently the group enables them to expand their support group and leads to an intergenerational experience.

Conclusion – The corona crisis has facilitated the possibility of meaningfully giving and has provided the opportunity of a fascinating encounter with the female force in their fourth age. As the group facilitators in the surroundings of the third age, we are impressed by the creativity, playfulness, humor and the desire to live that emerge from these participants and we, the group facilitators, have come out of these meetings empowered and filled with hope.


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Daniella Bassis and Orna MegidesDaniella Bassis (PsyD), Expressive Arts Therapist and a Group Facilitator. Works with different groups and populations, in USA and in Israel, emphasizing on multimodal integration of the arts.Orna Megides (PsyD), Art Therapist, Psychotherapy and Group Facilitator. Teaches at the School of Art Therapy, Haifa University and the Department of Counseling and Human Development, Haifa University and owns a Private Clinic.

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