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Getting An Artistic License – How Art Can Improve Health

Looking for a way to soothe the mind? How about something to bring inner peace? Need a creative outlet? There is an energy in all of us that needs outlet; a way for us to burn it off and feel better. Some find that outlet in sports; others in games and socialization. Still others find the best way release that energy is through art. Have you considered art therapy for your loved one? You might find that it helps even more than you expected.

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Expressive Art is exactly how it sounds. Expressing oneself through the arts. But, it can take many different forms. It could be physical, mental, or emotional expression. Art can help to ease many personal ailments. There are considerable health benefits that can be offered through expressive art. Consider the following:

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Expressive Art is commonly used with those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is believed that while expressive art will not cure Alzheimer’s, it can potentially restore some memories and experiences that had been previously lost to the patients. It can also stimulate new conversation.[1]

Cognitive Abilities

Being a mental exercise, iCare Expressive Art Program can help keep the mind sharp but constantly challenging it. The mind likes challenges; it is like working out a muscle. Tapping into the creative side and trying to bring it to life will help seniors keep their minds active and their senses acute.

Physical Activity

Keeping active is important for seniors, but not all are able to do the hard physical work-outs. Expressive Art allows them to keep active on a low-impact scale. It isn’t intense, but using a paint brush or drawing pencil requires a steady hand and some stamina. It takes some strength and endurance to manipulate a piece of clay to make it resemble what you see your head. Expressive Art Program allows seniors to use their hands in ways they usually don’t.

Emotional Health

Seniors often suffer from depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Expressive Art Program can help reduce anxiety and depression as well as fostering a sense of achievement and success. It works to help build confidence and self-esteem while giving elderly patients a new focus. Seniors can feel pride with finished art pieces that they proudly display to their friends and family members. Expressive Art can also give them a connection to a wider community that could help in isolation and loneliness.

Expressive Art can be practiced in different mediums including drawing, painting, clay sculpting, and photography. Allow your loved one to choose the best way for them to express themselves.

Looking for an expressive art program? At iCare Home Health, we offer  the iCare Expressive Art Program (ICEAP). Working with an artist-in-residence, patients can explore their creativity while reaping the health benefits gained by art therapy. Find out more information here. While you are there, take a look at some of the other home programs offered by iCare Home Health. Working in Toronto, Mississauga, and Oakville, iCare Home Health offers premier programs and packages in health care right in the home. Contact us today!

ABOUT iCare Home Health

iCare Home Health is a private boutique home health care agency operating in the Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and Milton communities. iCare Home Health is also a member of the Ontario Home Care Association (OHCA) and provides a wide range of home health care services including Companion, Personal Support, Nursing, Foot care and Navigator services. We also offer a suite of custom Hospital Discharge, Respite and Live-In Care Packages. In support of the iCare philosophy of "Making a Difference" in our communities, iCare Home Health actively supports local hospitals in Halton and Peel regions, and Alzheimer Societies among other health organizations. For more information about iCare Home Health services, please visit www.icarehomehealth.ca (the best way to stay connected is to Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitterand subscribe to our newsletter.

Or of course you could always just give us a call to discuss your own individual Care needs.

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President of iCare Home Health Services, a community based, boutique home health care company dedicated to serving the needs of our customers to maintain their quality of life and dignity while they recover from illness or age at the comfort of their own home.

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Rick Menassa
President of iCare Home Health Services, a community based, boutique home health care company dedicated to serving the needs of our customers to maintain their quality of life and dignity while they recover from illness or age at the comfort of their own home.
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