A Place to Belong and Succeed
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation provides a variety of programs that help thousands of seniors remain independent and enjoy active, productive lives.
The Wilder Foundation's concern for Saint Paul’s "older adults" dates back to 1906, when the Wilder Visiting Nurse Department became the Foundation’s first direct service program. It was designed to provide in-home nursing care to people who were ill, many of whom were elderly.
Today, Wilder Community Services for Aging serves a similar purpose, providing older adults and adults with disabilities with innovative programs and services that allow them to live independent and healthy lives. Wilder Community Services for Aging operates several community-based programs for older adults and their families. For many older adults, remaining independent in their own homes is a key factor in how satisfied they are with their lives.
Lifelong Learning in the Arts
Wilder’s Aging Services recently completed a program called “Lifelong Learning in the Arts” to provide arts learning activities to older adults at our Community Center for Aging and for older adults and adults with disabilities living at Ravoux, a St. Paul Public Housing Hi-Rise. Arts activities were provided through collaboration with Kairos Dance Theatre’s Dancing Heart program and the Women Drum Center’s evidence-based Health RHYTHMS program. Results from participant post-surveys showed the following program impacts:
- 92% of respondents stated that participation on the programs had helped them feel less lonely
- Over half of participants believed that the programs had positively influenced their physical health
- 91% of respondents stated that artists had made them feel that they could make decisions or choices about learning and creating art for themselves
Thank you to our partners and to the Minnesota State Arts Board for supporting this wonderful work.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.