Many of us have found enjoyment in either creating or admiring art. So it’s not surprising that art can serve as a creative form of therapy for older adults. In fact, data presented by Today’s Geriatric Medicine and others confirms that art therapy can affect individuals in positive ways by inducing both psychological and physiological healing. This is among the many reasons that art therapy is a regular practice here at Maristhill. Of course art therapy goes beyond simply serving as a creative outlet.
Unlike a regular art class, art therapy sessions are led by professionals who are trained to help people address specific conditions or concerns and gain therapeutic benefits, rather than simply develop a new artistic skill.
Some of the benefits of art therapy for seniors include its impact on one’s mood, self-expression and lifelong learning. These benefits include:
- Mood improvement. One of the greatest benefits of art therapy for seniors is that it can positively affect one’s mood. If you’re experiencing new symptoms of memory loss, hearing loss or changes in your vision, you may be feeling increased stress or anxiety. Engaging in music and art therapies can help relieve these feelings, improve your mood and impact your overall quality of life.
- It’s a New Form of Self-Expression. Older adults with memory loss, for example, sometimes have trouble communicating through speaking or writing. Instead, art therapies offer methods of expression. Trained art therapists guide people with memory loss through the process of creating and interpreting a new creative project.
- It Gets People Thinking In New Ways. Sometimes, art therapy goes beyond creating art. It’s also a great way to engage in lifelong learning about existing artwork.
Lifelong learning is very important to people of all ages, and we’re pleased to provide this wellness-enhancing opportunity to our community of residents here at Maristhill.