GOLDEN AGES GALLERY

Westhaven to open new ex­hi­bi­tion

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A UNIQUE art ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing the cre­ative work of res­i­dents at the Westhaven Aged Care Fa­cil­ity will be held in Roma from mid-July.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at the Walk of Art – Roma on Bungil Art Gallery, Hawthorne St, from July 13– Au­gust 10.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is will be sup­ported by the art gallery, the South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice, and Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil.

A grand open­ing will be held at the gallery from 5.30pm on July 13, with light re­fresh­ments avail­able.

Westhaven re­cre­ation of­fi­cer Trish Jamieson said the ex­hi­bi­tion of­fered a unique in­sight into how res­i­dents saw the world.

“It’s an ex­pres­sion of how they feel in the mo­ment,” she said.

As a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion di­ver­sional ther­a­pist, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her mother, Ms Jamieson is a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate of the var­i­ous ben­e­fits com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies like art can pro­vide for older adults.

“Di­ver­sional ther­apy and aged care fa­cil­i­ties have come a long way and now we are able to im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives that make aged care fa­cil­i­ties seem much more like home,’’ she said.

“There is ex­ten­sive sci­en­tific re­search sup­port­ing the ben­e­fits of art­work, mu­sic ther­apy, an­i­mal-as­sisted ther­apy, cook­ery and even aro­mather­apy to re­duce pain and de­pres­sion and im­prove sleep among the el­derly.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MAS­TER­PIECE: Westhaven res­i­dent Ethel Munn with the art­work she made with late hus­band, Gordon.

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