Cherk, Creating Chinese Brush Paintings in His Later Life
Cherk is a man of Chinese origin who emmigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in his late teens. For over 30 years he worked as a local Muni bus driver. After retirement, he became the president of an influential family association which was very important to him. Cherk has always had a passion for traditional Chinese arts, particularly opera and Chinese brush painting. He is self-taught except for taking a class as a young boy in Chinese brush painting to learn how to paint shrimps and crabs. He has created Chinese brush paintings periodically throughout his life. Cherk is now enjoying creating unique Chinese brush paintings at AgeSong and working with Christina, an art therapy counseling intern.
Christina, Pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Art Therapy
Christina began interning with AgeSong Institute’s Gero-Wellness Counselor Program in February 2012 and completed her hours to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She has a Master’s degree in Counseling and is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Art Therapy. Through her volunteer work at a local hospital interacting and creating art with patients that have cancer and life threatening illnesses, she discovered her passion in working with others using the medium of art and decided to pursue a career path in art therapy. Since January, 2013, Christina started her art therapy counseling internship at Age Song and has really enjoyed her work. She took a Chinese brush painting class last year to learn more about this beautiful art form and to embrace her mixed ethnicity as a Caucasian/Chinese individual. She began working with Cherk in February, 2013, and was thrilled to watch his art progress and his whole approach to life expand.
Elizabeth Edgerly, PhD, is Chief Program Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California & Northern Nevada as well as a clinical psychologist. Dr. Edgerly oversees all chapter programs for persons with dementia, their families and professionals. She is instrumental in the development of new programs to better meet the needs of persons with dementia throughout Northern California & Northern Nevada. Dr. Edgerly is also the lead presenter and national spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Maintain Your Brain program and has appeared on television, radio and in numerous national and local publications, speaking on this topic. In addition to her work with programs, she staffs the chapter’s Medical Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Edgerly is a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono; she completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at State University of New York at Binghamton, NY in 1994. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Palo Alto VA Medical Center, she consulted with the Interdisciplinary Team Training and Development Program with the center. Dr. Edgerly joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 1995. Dr. Edgerly has had her work published in numerous scientific journals including the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and the Journal of Psychopathology & Behavioral Assessment.