The decline in memory or other thinking skills can be treated with art therapy. This therapeutic program can encompass many activities such as: drawing, painting or making collages, which can offer opportunities for seniors to engage with other people about their interests. You do not need any skills or confidence to do art therapy. There is no wrong way to make art; it is all about being creative. Participating in art therapy allows seniors to express their feelings and experiences. Art therapy is proof that something as simple as putting a paint brush to a canvas or a pen to a piece of paper can yield life-altering results for senior citizens. Here are some ways art therapy can benefit seniors:
It can be difficult to accommodate seniors with dementia, an illness that makes one significantly mentally impaired. The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as, “An overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.” Art therapy can be a great way to treat dementia. This therapeutic activity can stimulate the brain and spark old memories as well as help substitute language for those who have difficulty speaking. Consider carving out some time during the day to create any form of art to boost brain functionally.