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The Importance of Art Therapy for Seniors

art therapyHow Art Therapy Can Have a Lasting Impact with Seniors’ living in Etobicoke

Art therapy has always been a very strong and powerful tool for self-expression, but for seniors in particular, it can be vital to address a number of physical and mental health ailments.

Art therapy has been a positive benefit for seniors that suffer from illness or trauma. Caregivers at Retire At Home Etobicoke have increased the use of this program for seniors and applied it to their daily living activity to help them cope with the large range of challenges that comes with aging.

What are some of the benefits of art therapy?

With a Variety of Mental Health Benefits

Art therapy provides each senior the opportunity to work through anxiety and negative feelings. The calming nature of creating something with your own hands helps take their minds off of stress, and builds confidence and self-esteem – this can improve a senior’s quality of life.

Art therapy is very common treatment used for seniors’ with dementia and Alzheimer’s, with focusing on reducing anxiety and increasing attention. For many seniors, the unseen or unknown is dangerous to them for fear of isolation. When the communication has become difficult for seniors with dementia, the feeling of isolation can only increase as it progresses. Art therapy can be a powerful method for seniors to communicate and express themselves – and can diminish the feelings of depression and anxiety which isolation can cause.

Pain Relief

With the relaxing nature that art therapy offers it helps seniors take their mind off of chronic pain. It has also been known that with physical activities that is associated with making art it can also reduce physical inflammation and stiffness.

With activities such as painting, sculpturing, or needlepoint by engaging the fingers, hands, and arms. The activity may be light, but with the consistent physical activity, it can promote better blood flow and dexterity. The simple act of using a paintbrush can rehabilitate physical upper-body weaknesses.

With only a few supplies required, and a little bit of time, you can improve your loved one’s mood, and help promote their emotional and physical wellbeing. Maybe it’ll become a cherished hobby for you both and a way for you to connect and understand each other’s needs.

Have you ever tried art therapy before? What kind of activities did you do? Let us know in the comments section.

Or contact Nicole Troiano, Executive Director at Retire-At-Home Etobicoke at 416-479-4288
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