Eileen Schwartz – Artist, Writer, Educator, Founder of Healing Art for Caregivers – www.healingartforcaregivers.com
Eileen Schwartz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in painting and a Masters of Education from San Diego State University specializing in developmental disabilities. She’s a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through NCCDP. Eileen’s career began in Chicago, Illinois where she taught art to seniors in nursing homes and community centers. She moved to San Diego, CA in the 70’s where she developed creative art programs for adults with special needs. She also taught creative literacy programs to adult immigrants.
After the events of 9/11/2001, while in San Diego, Eileen founded and developed a non-profit, Flags Across The Nation to promote patriotism through the arts. She curated over 60 art exhibits and events in San Diego and Charlotte. NC. Most recently in Charlotte she spearheaded the creation of a local documentary, “Jewish American Soldiers, Stories from WWII.”
Eileen relocated to Charlotte in 2004. From 2004 until 2016 Eileen was her mom’s full- time caregiver. She had no idea what she was getting into. She knew she needed support and helped start a caregiver support group that lasted for nine years. She became quite educated and a warrior for caregiver support. She became quite familiar with healthcare services, providers and hospice.
In Charlotte during the past six years, Eileen created art programs for adults with special needs, memory issues and developed free art classes for veterans of the USA. After her mom’s passing in 2016, Eileen focused her attention on helping others work with caregivers and individuals who were diagnosed with memory issues. She founded Healing Art for Caregivers to creatively help clients with memory issues, as well as providing healing art activities and games for caregivers and veterans with PTSD and stress related problems.
She has a series of original art games that she created primarily for individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s and developmental disabilities.
In 2017, she established a fundraiser in memory of her mom, Golda Schwartz to raise money for art projects for children who attend Chameleon’s Journey, a grief camp for kids created by Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte Region.
Eileen@healingartforcaregivers.com. (704) 962-1868. www.healingartforcaregivers.com