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.
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.
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.
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.
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!