Q: For individuals with Alzheimer’s, how can art enhance their overall state of health and wellness?
Rick Dover, Knoxville: When dementia and Alzheimer’s disease cause a friend or family member to lose their communication skills, it can become very difficult for their loved ones. Thankfully, researchers have discovered that art can prove to be a valuable tool for self-expression at times when verbal skills are not quite up to par.
Q: What strategies are used to begin this process?
Rick Dover, Knoxville: Art psychotherapy or art therapy allows persons with impaired language skills to express thoughts and feelings through specific imagery. These images may be colorings or drawings, collages, or some other form of visual art. By engaging in this practice with the patient, friends and families are able maintain relationship.