Research shows that art therapy can be an effective tool when caring for those with Alzheimer’s. While the disease robs people of many of their faculties, studies indicate that artistic ability is not one of them, and in fact, may help to stimulate the brain. Experts suggest that creative expression can revive memories and be used to encourage a form of communication that is especially important for those who have lost their ability to speak.
The website, Medical Daily, published an article that explains how art therapy can be used to offer Alzheimer’s patients a new way to communicate. They quote Dr. Daniel Potts, a neurologist and dementia specialist in Alabama, who states that, “Art therapy is helpful for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients because it enables an individual who is having trouble communicating to bypass the language problems they may be having and communicate and express themselves in a different way.” Dr. Potts adds that art therapy can help to “reroute” communication pathways away from traditional means and may even bypass some of the other problems of dementia by drawing on different regions of the brain.
At MorningStar Memory Care at BearCreek, we understand the importance of art in the lives of our residents, and as such, part of our team includes an art therapist. Debbie Wilson specializes in working with and drawing out those with cognitive impairment. As Debbie so aptly puts it, “it is pure joy for me to bring back the light in their eyes.” Contact us to learn more about our exceptional community and programs.
MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy. Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting. Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.