For most people with dementia, the desire to express thoughts and feelings remains active far longer than the ability to do so. Communication impairment is a common early concern in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
At OPICA, we understand that art is a personal expression and that producing art helps people with dementia recognize that their expressions are still valuable to others.
“Art therapy is helpful for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients,” according to Dr. Daniel Potts, neurologist and dementia specialist in Alabama, “because it enables an individual who is having trouble communicating to bypass the language problems they may be having and communicate and express themselves in a different way.”
Dr. Potts goes on to share “My dad became an artist in the throes of Alzheimer’s, despite never painting before. He started art therapy and he blossomed into an amazing watercolor artist. At a time when he couldn’t use his hands for anything, he was able to overcome this and create art.” Read Dr. Potts’ full story HERE.
While art therapy cannot cure dementia, it offers significant rewards that a person would not otherwise receive. OPICA offers several programs that foster dignity for people dealing with all levels of dementia, helping to restore and preserve their sense of self.
For more information about our BRAIN TRAIN FOR EARLY MEMORY LOSS that features an Open Art Studio click HERE.
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