Art Therapy

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Published on March 28, 2008

Author: csourby


ART THERAPY FOR Alzheimer’s disease & dementia:  ART THERAPY FOR Alzheimer’s disease & dementia Charles A. Sourby MS Ed. HTR/CTRS 11/11/2006 Key Words:  Key Words Dementia of the Alzheimer’s type Memory Loss Safety & Supervision ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE:  ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Alzheimer's disease is a progressive form of dementia that causes an impairment of intellectual functioning ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE:  ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Patients have difficulties with decision making, judgment, attention span, memory loss, swallowing, speaking & recognizing close family members ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE:  ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Early in the disease process, patients present deficits in executive functioning: such as performing tasks involving multiple steps like balancing a checkbook or preparing a meal ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE:  ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Some individuals show personality changes or increased irritability. In the middle and later stages psychotic symptoms are common. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE:  ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Patients tend to develop incontinence, gait and motor disturbances, eventually becoming mute and bedridden. SYMPTOMS:  SYMPTOMS Frontal Lobe: Irrational Parietal Lobe: Disoriented Occipital: Can't recognize people/objects Brain Stem: Sleep-Disturbed Temporal Lobe: Tongue-Tied Hippocampus: Forgetful Amygdala: Moody Improving Quality of Life:  Improving Quality of Life Art Therapy Fosters social interaction Cognition Creative expression Presenting Problems:  Presenting Problems Decreased attention span Increased wandering & agitation Art Therapy :  Art Therapy Uses creative expression as a source of growth and sustenance Is a “language of communication” Art Therapy :  Art Therapy Helps those who are unable to express their thoughts with words via creative expression through art Art Therapy :  Art Therapy A process which fosters attention, spontaneity and originality of expression Art Therapy Activities:  Art Therapy Activities Foam sculpture Jackson Pollack Art Therapy Activities:  Art Therapy Activities Paper Mache’ Bracelets Decorating Bracelets Art Therapy Activities:  Art Therapy Activities ‘Mandala’ Painting ILAC Cards Art Therapy Activities:  Art Therapy Activities Travel Collage Color Experiments Art Therapy Activities:  Art Therapy Activities Stamp Painting Painting Shells Art Therapy Activities:  Art Therapy Activities Art Samples: note the stereotypic scribbles Slide21:  Stimulates active participation Facilitates creative expression in people who are nonverbal or have deficits in communication skills Art Therapy Art Therapy :  Art Therapy Provides the opportunity for experiences Motivates learning in all domains of functioning Art Therapy :  Art Therapy Provides experiences not otherwise available to them Creates the opportunity for positive, successful and pleasurable social activity Art Therapy :  Art Therapy Increases the ability to use energy purposefully, reduces mal-adaptive behaviors Self Portrait of artist William Utermohlen, an American diagnosed Alzheimer’s in 1995 Art Therapy :  Art Therapy Increases interaction with peers & others Increases independence & self-direction Art Therapy:  Art Therapy Reflects self-image & body awareness Art Therapy :  Stimulates creativity and imagination Fosters memories Art Therapy CONCLUSION:  CONCLUSION Alzheimer’s disease is progressive. Art Therapy helps maintain a sense of dignity, purpose, and self direction through creative expression and socialization. FOR MORE INFO...

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