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Waveny Art Therapy Leader Showcases Collection within Her Organization

Waveny Art Therapy Leader Showcases Collection within Her Organization

Posted on June 22, 2016

Waveny LifeCare Network welcomed the vibrant artwork of its very own therapeutic recreation leader and art therapist, Brenda Jacobsen, to its front lobby walls with a resident Gallery Opening & Reception. 

“I’m so honored to display my paintings here where I work at Waveny,” said Jacobsen. “Every day I help our residents express their emotions creatively through art, so it’s very special to show them my own love of color relationships, texture, shape and the unexpected moments that happen when the paint is on the canvas.”

“People stop and it lifts their spirits – it’s happy work,” said Gerald, a resident at Waveny Care Center. “Her paintings are what artwork should be. They’re multi-dimensional in a way that allows you to become involved with them. I see them as sunshine.”

Jacobsen says her passion for teaching Waveny’s residents about art influences her own creative expression. “I’m inspired by our residents and learn so much from them through the art we do together. It means a lot to discuss my work in a whole new way with residents who have known me for so long. Their comments and feedback make my paintings come to life. It’s as though I’ve come full circle, now getting to share with them how they inspire my imagination and inform my point of view.”

“Brenda is incredibly resident-focused, always working diligently behind the scenes, so it’s wonderful to watch her personal and professional passions for art intersect and shine,” said Lauren Elker, Waveny’s director of therapeutic recreation. “When I watch Brenda lead art therapy sessions, I’m always touched by her great patience and commitment to helping each resident uniquely define their own signature style. Because her nature is to nurture expressiveness in others first, I’m overjoyed to see her own perspective highlighted in such a meaningful way.”

Creative expression through visual art is one of the many powerful therapeutic modalities the non-profit organization employs throughout its continuum of eldercare. Music therapy, dance therapy and interactive storytelling are also widespread within resident, patient and Adult Day programming. “I’m grateful to have a career where I can use my creative abilities to help others,” said Jacobsen. “My art mentors helped to draw out my own creative voice, so I enjoy empowering our residents to do the same.”

Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a non-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living and respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home and Geriatric Care Management. For more information, call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit waveny.org.