What is Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive and degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. It is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include having difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities. These changes can affect the way a person feels and acts. (Extracted from the Alzheimer’s society, Canada)
Art Therapy with adults with Alzheimer's
Art itself can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease as it allows for a creative outlet and engagement, even after dementia has progressed. Art can create a sense of accomplishment and purpose. They can provide the person with dementia - as well as caregivers - an opportunity for self-expression. Art Therapy can respectfully and comprehensively address the emotional needs of people with Alzheimer's in a culturally competent manner. Art therapy offers healing by providing social connection, the experience of control and the opportunity to both express and manage emotions. It offers hope by facilitating communication in a non-verbal manner and provides an opportunity to create meaning through creative expression.
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