Art Therapy Can Result in Significant Improvement to Overall Well-being
Art therapy is one key program that is provided in our Memory Care day program at That Place You Know, LLC. Art is a powerful form of communication and self expression that unlocks the mind from any prior restriction. It is considered a holistic treatment that can result in significant improvement to overall well-being and sustained cognitive function. Art therapy can also help increase fine motor skills, eyesight and neuroplasticity. Many families are pleasantly surprised to see their loved one expressing this artistic talent, especially if this creative side wasn’t observed prior to diagnosis. The discovery of artistic expression from your loved one can be a new and exciting opportunity for the caregiver to engage and communicate in an enjoyable and relaxing way.
The Validation Method believes: “As your loved one changes, You must change”. This can be challenging at times but with an open mind and heart the outcome can be so special and rewarding, especially when we can learn from each other.
Enjoy this post from http://www.alz.org:
Art projects can create a sense of accomplishment and purpose. They can provide the person with dementia — as well as caregivers — an opportunity for self-expression.
When planning an art activity for someone with middle- to late-stage Alzheimer’s, keep these tips in mind:
Keep the project on an adult level. Avoid anything that might be demeaning or seem child-like.
Build conversation into the project. Provide encouragement, discuss what the person is creating or reminiscence.
Help the person begin the activity. If the person is painting, you may need to start the brush movement. Most other projects should only require basic instruction and assistance.
Use safe materials. Avoid toxic substances and sharp tools.
Allow plenty of time, keeping in mind that the person doesn’t have to finish the project in one sitting.