Art Benefits Seniors With Alzheimers And Dementia In Fascinating Ways

By Tracy Lamourie on October 13, 2015

Those who work with seniors living with Alzheimers and dementia can tell you they can be hard to reach.   The memories, thoughts, and experiences that have made up their long lives are locked away deep inside.   Family members often mourn what feels like the the loss of the individual they once knew.

 

It is a truism that music and art have the power to make a difference.

 

This article is part of a series of two, one on the healing power of music, and one on the therapeutic potential of art.

 

Whether the senior is the art or the artist;  art has the POWER to reach that person inside of them that can never be silenced by age or circumstance - the human being that still needs to be heard, who still understands, on a deep level human emotion and experience.  It's only their MEMORY that is gone...

 

The Silver Pages recently interviewed artist ​Daniela Aum, who creates vibrant, emotional art from her studio in Welland, in  the Niagara region of Canada, on the topic of the therapeutic value of art and how it might relate to people struggling with Alzheimers or dementia.  

 

 

 

Aum said :   "From the moment I first put paint to paper, the therapeutic potential of art became immediately apparent. Anytime anyone has more going on in their heart or head that can accurately be articulated, art provides a language for that expression that mere words cannot heal."  With this understanding of the difference art can make to people dealing with trauma, dementia, alzheimers, or brain injury, the artist, who has her own lived experience with brain trauma, has begun reaching out to clinics and other healing spaces within her community in the hopes that her work can help others.  

 

But what is it about art that makes such a difference, specifically to the many seniors with Alzheimers or Dementia ? 

 

Dr. Daniel C. Potts founder of  Cognitive Dynamics, has said : "Roadblocks to verbal communication laid by dementia are bypassed through the artistic process, and individuals can express themselves through the art. Concentration and attention improves, and patients are often easier to care for even when the therapy is over.” He describes personal experiences of caring for his own father and discovering his artistic talent as the impetus of his current work.

 

For those who are caregivers to parents - Art therapy is worth it!  Your parent doesn't have to have any previous artistic talent -- but they just might discover some.   More importantly, they might re-discover themselves. 

 


 

 

Those who work with seniors living with Alzheimers and dementia can tell you they can be hard to reach.   The memories, thoughts, and experiences that have made up their long lives are locked away deep inside.   Family members often mourn what feels like the the loss of the individual they once knew.

 

It is a truism that music and art have the power to make a difference.

 

This article is part of a series of two, one on the healing power of music, and one on the therapeutic potential of art.

 

Whether the senior is the art or the artist;  art has the POWER to reach that person inside of them that can never be silenced by age or circumstance - the human being that still needs to be heard, who still understands, on a deep level human emotion and experience.  It's only their MEMORY that is gone...

 

The Silver Pages recently interviewed artist ​Daniela Aum, who creates vibrant, emotional art from her studio in Welland, in  the Niagara region of Canada, on the topic of the therapeutic value of art and how it might relate to people struggling with Alzheimers or dementia.   

 

Aum said :   "From the moment I first put paint to paper, the therapeutic potential of art became immediately apparent. Anytime anyone has more going on in their heart or head that can accurately be articulated, art provides a language for that expression that mere words cannot heal."  With this understanding of the difference art can make to people dealing with trauma, dementia, alzheimers, or brain injury, the artist, who has her own lived experience with brain trauma, has begun reaching out to clinics and other healing spaces within her community in the hopes that her work can help others.  

 

But what is it about art that makes such a difference, specifically to the many seniors with Alzheimers or Dementia ? 

 

Dr. Daniel C. Potts founder of  Cognitive Dynamics, has said : "Roadblocks to verbal communication laid by dementia are bypassed through the artistic process, and individuals can express themselves through the art. Concentration and attention improves, and patients are often easier to care for even when the therapy is over.” He describes personal experiences of caring for his own father and discovering his artistic talent as the impetus of his current work.

 

For those who are caregivers to parents - Art therapy is worth it!  Your parent doesn't have to have any previous artistic talent -- but they just might discover some.   More importantly, they might re-discover themselves. 

 

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By Tracy Lamourie| October 13, 2015
Categories:  Care Giving|Dementia

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Tracy Lamourie

Tracy Lamourie

Tracy Lamourie is the President and Creative Director of Lamourie Public Relations & Marketing. In that world, she represents clients as diverse as politicians, entertainment figures, newsmakers, ethical businesses and not for profit groups whose aims she supports. Tracy also has a lot of media experience - radio, TV, newspapers and new media. She’s worked at various times as a television host, television producer, and radio host. She’s also a human rights and social justice activist with a long history of work on various international and local issues Tracy and her work on various social justice issues have also been featured on television broadcasts as varied as CBC’s The Fifth Estate, Court TV, A & E, CTV across North America.

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