Art is like magic. Some pursuits are necessary for living, but art brings us to life. It has helped many people keep sane during the pandemic. It served as an instrument for great societal change. This powerful tool transcends all limits, even the obstacles which are faced by people with Alzheimer’s. It is no surprise that the benefits of art therapy are involved in Alzheimer’s senior living. Read on to learn more about the powerful benefits of art therapy for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.
Art is effective and appeals to our emotions. Maybe you have seen Van Gogh’s Starry Night or listened to a powerful song, and it evoked a particular feeling within you. Over the years, you might not remember the details of the art itself but you can remember how you felt.
Increases Brain Stimulation
Art increases brain stimulation. Some dementia patients may not be able to recall memories but they can still do things such as drawing and playing an instrument. This is related to procedural memory, which is improved in art therapy. Art therapy provides interventions that slow cognitive deterioration.
Form of Self-Expression
Emotions such as anger, sadness, happiness, or even creativity can be hard for older adults to convey. When they have lost their usual communication skills, brushes and colors can be a new way for them to communicate. Creative activities allow them to have a new form of non-verbal communication. When older adults feel frustrated, art is a way for them to express themselves so that their feelings are no longer kept inside.
Increases Social Interaction
Dementia can be tough because it deprives people of basic functions. They lose sensations and even lose social interactions as well. Older adults may feel detached from people and their surroundings. Art therapy sessions can rekindle these emotional feelings and even help them regain verbal communication. These responses can lead to interactions with people around them during the art sessions.
Sense of Achievement
Using their creativity can increase the sense of purpose and accomplishment for older people with Alzheimer’s. They have the freedom to use their paints and tools. They have something to focus their attention on which promotes mastery, independence, and a sense of purpose. A finished artwork can help them feel more accomplished. It gives older adults a sense of pride, knowing that they have created something which can be shared with other people. This develops their confidence and improves their sense of self.
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