3 Reasons to Try Art Therapy With Your Client
Art therapy can be extremely beneficial for older adults living with memory loss, as well as those trying to manage stress, chronic pain, or even anxiety or depression.
Art therapy is a unique form of therapy that involves doing something creative, like painting, on a regular basis. It keeps your brain sharp, promotes mental clarity and memory retention, not to mention is fun and engaging. Above all, the very act of making art is very calming and can relieve stress in an incredible way. Most importantly, if your loved one suffers from advanced memory loss, it can help them break down their social barriers and relieve stress that often builds up.
Here are a few ways to give it a try!
Creating art on a regular basis can improve how we remember things! Sticking to a regular, focused activity can really benefit those living with memory loss. Some activities to try include painting, sculpting, tracing, and even using coloring books can transform the way a person thinks and retains memories. It challenges the mind, which is what promotes cognitive abilities. Something you can also explore is helping your loved one paint a photograph of beloved memory.
The pressure of the early stages of memory loss can be very stressful and emotional. Not only is art therapy a great way to combat dementia, but it also represents an opportunity to work through anxiety and negative feelings. The calming nature of painting, writing, or other creative pursuits is a way to forget about larger stresses and promote healthy, happy feelings.
The pain and discomfort associated with hypertension, Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, and many others that your loved one may be suffering from can be relieved by engaging in creative activities and art therapy. This is because simple tasks like holding a colored pencil or finger painting engage your fingers, hands, and arm, which promotes blood flow and dexterity.
Although art therapy won’t necessarily treat the condition or improve it, it’ll help your loved one find joy in creating something special while keeping their hands and upper body in motion.
What art projects are you excited to try with your loved one this year? Comment below!