Art therapy has so many proven benefits for those living with dementia which is why Meadowview Memory Care has constant activities revolving around crafts and an art therapist that comes in to do special art classes. The many benefits include:
Helps trigger good memories and increases reminiscing. Reminisce therapy improves communication, provides relief from boredom which in turn decreases agitation, aggression, and depression. It also preserves family history and their quality of life!
Activates neurons and brain function.
Increases focus & attention. As someone's dementia progresses, their attention span decreases. They may become easily distracted and have issues focusing.
Better sleep. By keeping someone with dementia actively engaged in activities/art, they are proven to have a better nights rest.
In instances, those living with dementia have a slice of clarity and express emotions through art that a family or friend may never have known before. This helps them express feelings and communicate when they have lost their language ability.
If you are wanting to include your loved one in an art project there are some simple steps to follow so it is successful for all.
Keep the art project simple. Break the project down into steps.
Use non-toxic items. Items of color, like paint, may be thought of as a drink.
Keep the project at an adult level so it doesn't seem demeaning or childlike.
If you need ideas or want to join one of our many classes held at Meadowview. Please contact one of our nearest locations for times and the activity.