Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka, PhD

Short Bio
Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2006 in the Institute of Health Promotion Research and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. In 2011 she completed a Post Doctorate Fellowship with the Department of Psychology at UBC. In 1976 she graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, and in 1980 received a Master's of Architecture degree from UBC. After working in architecture for about 30 years and raising a family, Dalia returned to school to pursue a new direction in gerontology, specifically in the study of creative expression, dementia and the therapeutic environment. The Creative Expression Activities Program she conceived and developed for seniors with dementia won an award from the American Society on Aging and the MetLife Foundation. She continues to deliver presentations and workshops demonstrating the program and her research work in the US, Canada, Israel and Europe. Dalia founded the Society for the Arts in Dementia Care in British Columbia and is the moving force behind the annual international conferences and workshops on creative expression, communication and dementia (CECD).

Dalia as Dementia Care Consultant
Conceived and developed the Creative Expression Activities Program for seniors with dementia. The program won an award from the American Society on Aging and the MetLife Foundation. The CEA program is based on a comprehensive approach to dementia care based on the individual's past, present and future, on body/soul and mind aspirations, on improving the physical environment the person lives in, on training family members and caregivers in their daily interactions. The program emphasizes the importance of activities that encourage creative expressions. As a result, it has the potential to reduce anxiety and stress to both client and caregiver and therefore increase the quality of life for both.
 

Publications: articles, book and educational DVD's

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D., Small, J.A., & Yassi, A. (2003). A program of creative expression activities for seniors with dementia. Dementia, The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. 

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D. (2004). Creativity, Dementia and the Therapeutic Environment. architectureBC, The Journal of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. 

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D. & Tanaka, M. (2005). Co-investigators in Mackin, N. & Nyce, D. (2005). Architecture for elder in remote British Columbia: A Nisga’a – led research. External Research Program. Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC).  

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D. (2006) Guidebook on Creative Expression Activities for Seniors with Early to Moderate Dementia.

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D. (2006). Dissertation. Creative Expression, Dementia and the Therapeutic Environment. (unpublished) University of British Columbia. June 2006.

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D. (2006). A Guide for Creative Expression Activities. Working with seniors with early to moderate dementia. CD e-book and videos. Self-published.

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D. (2006). A Guide for Creative Expression Activities. Working with seniors with early to moderate dementia. Self-published.

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D. (2006). Helping residents with dementia expressing themselves creatively. Ontario Long-Term Care Association, Long Term Magazine, March 2006

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D. (2008). Dissertation. Creative Expression, Dementia and the Therapeutic Environment. VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG, Dudweiler Landstr. Germany.

  • Series of Educational DVDs on creative expression activities for seniors with dementia are listed on website: www.dementia-activitites.com

  • Gottlieb-Tanaka, D., Lee, H., & Graf, P. (2008). Creative-Expressive Abilities Assessment (CEAA Tool). ArtScience Press. Vancouver, BC. www.dementia-activities.com

 

CEAA Tool Publication

CEAA Tool Tool Description
The Creative-Expressive Abilities Assessment (CEAA) tool is designed for obtaining in-depth information about the expressive abilities of seniors with dementia. The tool focuses on a wide range of abilities that have shown improvements when seniors participated in creative activity programs.
For more information please click 
here.

 

    Book Publication

Creativity, Dementia and the Therapeutic Environment: Interdisciplinary Research of Creative Expression Abilities in Seniors with Dementia and the Architectural Design of Their Therapeutic Environment (Paperback) 

Product Description

This book aims to explore the physical environment and the level of success of creative expression programs for seniors with mild cognitive impairment to moderate dementia. It focuses on the circumstances that enhance or limit the seniors\' ability to express themselves creatively. Understanding the physical, cognitive and social abilities of this population helps define the strategies for designing the shape and form of the physical environment. ...more....

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The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care
 

Dementia-Activities.com

 
 

 

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