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Art: Good for the Soul, Good for the Senior Brain

August 31, 2016
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Art is more than just the creation of beautiful works for us to see and enjoy. Making art has proven to not only be enjoyable but therapeutic as well, especially for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementias. 

            Art has always been an outlet to express oneself, and it can be especially helpful to an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient that has trouble expressing him or herself verbally.  Participants in an art therapy session often have issues communicating verbally, but they are to do so using art as a medium instead. A perfect example of the healing power of art is the study that followed Mary Hecht, a renowned sculptor who sadly passed away in 2013.

In her final days, Mary suffered from dementia.  She was wheelchair bound, couldn’t read a clock, and was unable to remember common words or the names of common animals.  Yet she was able to draw a detailed portrait of a research assistant flawlessly. She couldn’t speak with words; she spoke with art.

            Creating art keeps stimulates the brain and provides a colorful shield from dementia.  Art therapy typically takes place in safe, unstructured spaces so that participants are able to let their minds run free with creative possibilities.  And every ‘artist’ feels a sense of pride after their work is complete; they have created something beautiful that Alzheimer’s cannot take away.

           

In nursing homes and assisted living facilities, art projects are usually among the most popular activities, and the facilities in the Centers Health Care family are no exception.

  We’re especially proud of what has become a traveling art exhibit, which brings the work of our residents to facilites throughout the community.   Not only does it foster a great sense of pride and accomplishment, but it generates a more profound sense of understanding within the communities we serve.  Our resident’s artwork has been showcased at places like Fordham University, the Bronx and Brooklyn Boro Presidents’ offices, Marriott Hotels, and cultural facilites throughout New York City, and at many locations we’ve featured opportunities for viewers to meet the artists.   If you’d like to see the masterpieces our residents have created, follow us on Facebook.  And learn more about our facilities and the programs they offer at http://centershealthcare.com/locations

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One of Mary Hecht's sculptures

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Traveling Art Exhibit created by Hope Center residents that was on display at the New York Public Library

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