Seniors

Art Therapy & Alzheimer's

 

In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease areas of the brain that are most commonl affected involve cognitive skills like planning, learning, and memory recall.

 

Art therapy engages areas of the brain that continue to function late into the stages of the disease: motor fuction, emotional control and affective expression, aesthetic preference, personality, and capacity for connection.

 

Art therapy offers ways to communicate non-verbally when verbal communications become difficult and/or frustrating. Words are not necessary in art therapy. Art is a language all it's own. 

 

Shared art making experiences, often in group settings, can connect individuals and can help form a sense of community, engage in stimulating activity and can decrease isolation.

 

Why art therapy?

 

Art therapy is accessible to all levels of functioning, in all stages of dementia and Alzheimer's.

 

Why an art therapist?

 

As an art therapist, I am trained with indepth knowledge of art materials, how and when to appropriately use them with various clients. 

 

Art therapists are aware and conscious about the affect different materials may have on an individual; i.e. bringing up emotionally-charged memories, potential past trauma, or simply strong, unexpected emotions.

 

Art therapists are practiced at working safelt with a client to ensure emotional safey and containment, as well as empowering clients to actively communicate, express thoughts, feelings, and needs without having to use words.

List of Services and Offerings:

Group Therapy

  • Dementia and Alzheimer's: Memory Care

  • Developmental Disabilities

  • Life Transitions

  • Depression

  • Grief and Loss

  • End of Life Issues 

Support Groups:

  • Bereavement

  • Grief 

  • Anxiety

  • Caregivers for people with dementia or Alzheimer's

Enrichment Workshops:

  • Creative Connections: Art-making in the Community

  • Art without Expectation

  • Addressing Life's Questions Through Art

 

Caregivers

 

It is vital that those who provide care also receive it!

If you're interested at seeing the offers and options for caregivers, health care providers, mental health care providers, and educators, please click here.

 

© 2017 by Erika Hamlett