The Benefits of Art Therapy with Neurodegenerative Diseases

In this review, we will look at how art therapy can be beneficial for patients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. This literature review and experiential is a focus on the coming of age of the baby boom generation and how health care professionals need to think outside of the box when working with this population. This researcher discusses how to develop effective therapeutic methodologies for addressing this population. Utilizing art therapy assessments can be useful in determining severity of the dementia. The research strives to present a variety of effective ways to determine where the individual is at in their illness and how to work with them and their family. There are highlights in the research about changes needed in our society concerning the large aging population along with art therapy as well as other expressive art modalities that are helpful in easing the transition into elderly life. Art therapy provides elderly patients a way to communicate through visual art.
Keywords
Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, frontotemporal dementia, art, cognitive functioning, mixed dementia.

Author: 
Bonnie J. Brabson
Year Completed: 
2013
Number of Pages: 
21
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