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Birches Assisted Living Residents Get Creative in Tile Art Workshop

Clarendon Hills, IL, March 24, 2016 --( On March 18, residents of The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill. got in touch with their creative side during a tile art workshop led by art instructor Lorna Nelson.

The simple art project only required colored tissue paper, glue and a tile. Depending on how creative residents felt like being, they could choose to follow an existing design or make their own design as they glued tissue paper to their tile.

Although Birches residents had never tried tile art before, they produced a stunning result, says Birches’ Activities Director Katie Klitchman.

“Tile art is a nice way to be creative for those who don’t have a lot of experience creating art,” said Klitchman. “It’s easy, colorful, fun and everyone’s end result is beautiful.”

Art instructor Lorna Nelson, who has led art workshops at The Birches before, says that all types of art, including tile art, can be therapeutic for seniors.

“Creating art can help seniors by promoting awareness and self-expression. Concentrating on the creative process helps by relieving anxiety and coping with transition, confusion, illness or discomfort,” said Nelson. “It provides a new method to communicate with caregivers and family and can be a fun experience that residents look forward to and take great pride in.”

According to Klitchman, the tiles created by residents in the workshop may also serve a function at The Birches; they are considering framing them and using them as a décor piece.

“We are hoping to hang the tiles up like a mosaic in our activity room, so the residents can see them and stay inspired to be creative,” said Klitchman.

The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills offers professional services to support the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual growth of the older adults who make it their home. The Birches offers purposeful programming and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135630-789-1135 or visit:
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