A dementia diagnosis can be scary for everyone. This is because people suffering from advanced stages of dementia cannot tell others what they are feeling or thinking and this uncertainty can lead to fear. However, dementia care has come a long way and this has resulted in long and meaningful life for dementia sufferers.
The life of a dementia patient in a senior living or other senior care facility does not have to be filled with fear and hopelessness. You can make use of the time to ponder about the type of support that you need as your cognitive capabilities change and what you wish to have out of your future. Art therapy can be beneficial for seniors suffering from dementia disorders as it can help relieve stress and might also help with some of the symptoms of dementia. In addition, art therapy can help people with dementia express themselves when they are unable to verbally express their feelings.
A few ways in which art therapy can be used for dementia patients are discussed below.
Dementia is a terminal illness and like any other terminal illness, a dementia diagnosis can trigger many emotions, from hopelessness to anger and art can be a very good way to vent out your feelings. You never need to be a skilled artist to use the art for your benefit. Instead, you can try the following.
As dementia is a progressive disorder, you can experience more difficulty with daily tasks, processing and organizing your thoughts and feelings, and short-term memory. Art can be a very good way to get relief from the stress that is linked to these challenges of dementia.