This third installment of the six part series, Dancing Through Dementia, talks more in-depth about the benefits of dance/movement therapy. Dance/movement therapy, aside from physical benefits, provides many psychosocial benefits to individuals with dementia.
The Challenges of Making Connections Each day I work at the adult day center, I see people that are experiencing various forms of isolation. There are people with aphasia, whose words are becoming tangled or lost; there are those with Parkinson’s disease, whose voices have become a soft whisper. There are those with cognitive processing […]
I walked down a light-filled hallway past several works of art hung with black ribbon in the windows. Our first performance of a Broadway Revue was over, and now the remaining crowd was touring the long-term care community, looking at art made by the people who live there. Two women in their mid-nineties sat in […]
If you were to walk into an art therapy group, it may be difficult to tell if it were an arts & crafts group or an art therapy group. The primary goal is creating a finished artwork within a fun learning environment. The primary goal is the intentional use of the arts for psychological change as a form of therapy within a therapeutic context.
The second installment of a six-part series, this article explores basic techniques of dance/movement therapy. Specifically, this article talks about the work of Marian Chace, the mother of dance/movement therapy. This article not only explores these techniques but explains how they can be used with older adults who are living with dementia.
Five people sit around a table, writing. One man’s pen moves slowly, precisely translating ideas into line. One woman’s hand moves in a blur, trying to keep up with her thoughts. A third person, who has a visual impairment, speaks while I transcribe his words. When we finish writing, we take turns reading aloud. Each person’s face brightens as we hear one another’s words. The wisdom in the room surprises us.
As humans, there is an inherent desire for connection. We are social beings that want to feel a sense of belonging. As a person’s dementia progresses and standard forms of communication diminish, connections can be made and enhanced through engagement of the senses.
Ever wonder how we can effectively communicate with individuals who are living with dementia? It is possible through the use of alternative therapies. One such therapy, dance/movement therapy, can engage, encourage communication, and provide an outlet for self expression.
Who are the professionals using the arts in their work with older adults? What is the difference between expressive arts therapies, arts education, and other types of arts programming? Are you a professional who uses the arts in your practice? Do you know someone whose life has been changed through art? What questions do you have about expressive arts’ connection to aging?
Yoga is becoming an important new way to boost health and vitality in the aging population. Research indicates that it can be useful for relieving insomnia, lowering blood pressure, managing symptoms of COPD, decreasing kyphosis, and relieving depression and anxiety.