The surprising benefits of art therapy on the mental health of older Australians
Art Therapy uses the creative process with many positive effects including reduced anxiety, boosting confidence, and providing a sense of purpose and accomplishment. It is an incredibly powerful form of meditation and offers excellent opportunities for self-expression, improved cognition and physical capability and reduce stress levels.
For older people who are living with memory loss, art therapy can be particularly beneficial as there is evidence that it can improve memory and communication. There are studies in Neuroscience that tell us that the creative centres of the brain are the last to deteriorate, which is why people with dementia can grow.
As a method of reducing stress and pain levels for older people living with chronic pain, Art Therapy can also aide social connection, which plays an important role in boosting well-being and improving their quality of life.
At Respect Aged Care, we believe that creating a robust calendar of activities, therapies and events all go hand in hand in providing older people with engagement, outlets, and opportunities for growth for the betterment of their health and wellbeing.
As part of a weekly roster curated by our social care teams onsite, our residents enjoy multiple art therapy sessions to boost their creativity and aide their mental health in a format that is relaxing, meditative and enjoyable.
One of the most beneficial parts of any art therapy program is that anyone can participate, at any age. It can help keep older people engaged, stimulated and happy while giving them important opportunities to learn new skills.
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