Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Art Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease - Alzheimer's 17

Illustration (credit to David Reddick)

The progressive aging of the population causes the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and dementia is constantly increasing.

Many researches and efforts to prevent and/or delay the onset of dementia and reduce their suffering, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

Art therapy is one of the non-pharmacological interventions. This therapy has been used in pain management for the patients who severe with chronic diseases.

As we know Alzheimer's disease and dementia are also chronic diseases with progressive cognitive and function, change behavior, and lead to severe disability and death. Art therapy is also given to them.

The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) define that art therapy, “uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues.”


Happy Thanksgiving! (Credit: wallpapercave)

The emotional issues include emotional, behavioral or mental problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.

Whether art therapy is useful and effective for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, it is still in unclear. In general, this therapy showed that “their clinical significance is uncertain” as Chiara Zucchella (Italian Neorologist) and her friends stated in Frontiers Neurology.

Putting aside any questions about the effectiveness of art therapy. There are five great reasons to support the arts for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Justine Schneider in her publication in International Journal of Environmental

Research Public Health (2018): “The Arts as a Medium for Care and Self-Care in Dementia, Arguments and Evidence.” They are:
  1. People with Alzheimer's disease and dementia usually enjoy participating in art.
  2. Even they loss memory, the arts can remain accessible.
  3. They and their caretaker can enjoy the arts and refresh.
  4. The wider community benefits from the fostering of cultural capital in any society, including people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  5. Art does no or little harm.
So, people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia can produce and appreciate visual art, even though cognitive decline, the aesthetic preference can remain stable.

The two pictures above are represented of my turkey in the oven. I am preparing thanksgiving dinner for tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

59 comments:

  1. Feliz día de acción de gracias. Y si el arte siempre ayuda no solo con las enfermedades sino en la vida. Te mando un beso

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  2. This is a really interesting topic! I didn't even think about it. Thanks for sharing
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  3. Art and love definitely HELP! Thanks for sharing, Evi.

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  4. I am a great proponent of art therapy for many things, including Alzheimer's, as you mentioned; grief support and just coming to terms with so many things. Thanks for bringing this to peoples' attention. Thanks, too, for your visits to my blog. I always love your comments! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  5. Hi Evi yes I also find this topic very interesting,Thankyou for sharing my friend xx

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  6. Important and interesting information :)

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  7. Interesante lo que aportas amiga. Saludos

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  8. creativity can be helpful to indulge brain and keep it more active i agree dear Evi
    thank you for informative and interesting Knowledge always

    Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend!

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  9. In una casa di riposo della mia città gli anziani sono invitati ad avvicinarsi alle arti grafiche e ci sono volontari che si alternano per accompagnare queste persone a esprimersi attraverso l’arte. Belle iniziative e buono a sapersi che davvero tutto questo può essere utile per farli uscire dal loro isolamento. Grazie Evi, buona giornata:)
    sinforosa

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  10. Post molto interessante. Sicuramente l’arte non è una terapia invasiva e se porta sollievo ai pazienti, è giusto promuoverla.
    Povero tacchino lui ha subito un intervento molto invasivo.😊
    Felice giornata, un abbraccio
    enrico

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  11. Very informative and interesting post. Drawing is one of cheapest terapies there are in the world at this moment, it has no counter effects and it also alows the pacient to enjoy it.

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  12. I belive in what you wrote! Happy thanksgiving day!

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  13. Creo que ya los investigadores, están empezando a conseguir nuevos logros para combatir esa enfermedad.

    Besos

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  14. Mungkin karena melakukan kegiatan berkesenian itu bisa menjadi semacam healing stress juga ya. Jadi membuat hati dan pikiran lebih tenang..

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  15. Excellent article, Evi. Beyond any statistical scientific speculation, in art and more specifically in stimulating creativity there may be answers to deepen the treatment and quality of life of those suffering from this cruel Alzheimer's disease. The person just has to express himself, not even his experience needs, nor does his memory.

    Big hug rather than big, Evi. Another great contribution this post.

    And happy thanksgiving to you too!

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  16. Love your review as always ))

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  17. Z wielkim zainteresowaniem czytam twoje posty. Ta choroba sprawia,że przestajemy rozumieć bliskie nam osoby każda nowa wskazówka jak z nią walczyć jest cenna. Dziękuję i życzę wszystkiego dobrego:)

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  18. Nice post!Hope you had a nice thanksgiving(We dont celebrate that here in Norway..dont know what it is)

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  19. An encouraging post, Evi!
    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  20. Again another instructive reading ....

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  21. >Drawing is a great therapy!! but I heard about some progressions in a possible treatment for that disease!!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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  22. There are a large number of techniques, which are based on the benefit for the brain and health in general, where the stimulation of the senses through art, helps the sick, such as music therapy, crafts, dance, painting, theater ... All this within what here in Spain or in the countries that speak Spanish, is known as Art-Therapy.
    A very interesting topic, dear Evi.
    Have a great afternoon and Thursday night!

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  23. I have heard art therapy helps a lot and animal therapy too.

    Have a good Thanksgiving :-D

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  24. Happy Thanksgiving So great post

    Kisses
    www.pimentadeacucar.com

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  25. Really Important Post!

    lovely Greetings <3

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  26. A veces el vivir mas años no nos hacer ser mas feliz

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  27. Interesting, I know they do art in the senior homes!

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  28. Idea interessante, un bel post.
    Un felice venerdi a te.

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  29. Aku baru tahu loh kegiatan art ini bisa bantu buat para penderita Alzheimer dan Dementia :)

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  30. Honestly, I'm convinced art thereapy works also in this context!
    xx Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  31. Olá Evi
    Postagem muito interessante. A prevenção é muito importante. A arte de agradecer alegra o coração de Deus. Bjs querida.

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  32. Se l'arte può essere d'aiuto ben venga per alleviare i problemi che crea questa grave malattia. Povero tacchino !!! Saluti.

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  33. Excelente reportaje sobre un tema que nos toca a muchos de nosotros o a nuestros familiares, saludos y feliz semana.

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  34. very interesting information - thank you for sharing ☺
    greetings
    Lili

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  35. Enjoyed reading your post and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

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  36. Pasar por tu blog,es entrar a la cultura y pasarlo muy entretenido.

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  37. Great and interesting information! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  38. I can see how art visual help as I am a very visual person.

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  39. It is really interesting, thanks for sharing!

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  40. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Cute paintings. I think it is a good therapy for all.

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  41. haha this picture is really funny:)

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  42. Good to know.
    Art is really universal and so therapeutic.

    Ann
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  43. Un sereno fine settimana per te.

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  44. Hello Evi!
    Another very interesting post.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  45. ¡hola!
    Me encantan este tipo de entradas porque siempre se aprende. Lo que me da pena es que hoy por hoy con esta enfermedad aún estemos así.
    B7s

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  46. Interesting research!

    And it's so good you write about it!

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  47. Very interesting information.
    Art is a great therapy.
    Kisses!

    galerafashion.com

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  48. Ein interessanter Ansatz.
    Xoxo Nancy <3

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  49. Very interesting topic. Every time I learn so much from your posts. Thank you for sharing.

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  50. Very informative post dear 😊

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