Therapeutic art is a fantastic treatment option for dementia.
The part of the brain that controls inhibition declines early in dementia. Without inhibition, patients are willing to create regardless of prior art training.
Memory is not necessary to create art. Those with dementia have short-term memory loss. They aren’t distracted and are very "in the moment" when creating art.
Therapeutic art is a tool to fill time, focus and communicate. Art therapy is a means to an end. When implemented, it looks a lot like an art class.
The technique is also great for addressing common cultural history. These common themes provoke conversation from the long-term memory.
You can never be wrong in creating art. Different materials are used to find what sparks creativity for the individual.
Patient-created art can be used to decorate a dementia care facility. It makes things less dreary and prompts conversation. Sometimes, patients have art exhibits. They may also choose to gift their artwork.
Listen in as Fabiana Glazer shares how therapeutic art helps those with cognitive decline.