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Art Therapy And Dementia: How Creativity Helps Unlock Alzheimer’s Patients’ Thoughts And Fears

Photo by Mirthe Blussé

Photo by Mirthe Blussé

By Chris Weller

August 26, 2013


Out of the many precious faculties that dementia robs from a person, artistic ability does not seem
to be one of them, a recent study finds. And as the elderly slip into old age, creative expression
could be the key that unlocks what mental illness keeps so painfully inaccessible.

Opening The Mind With Art
Communication is one of the early losses in a person’s battle with dementia. While an individual
may think the same thoughts or carry the same fears, the ability to transmit those thoughts and
feelings diminishes as the disease worsens. A study from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto shows
promising results for dementia patients whose artistic ability has allowed them to communicate with
loved ones and hospital wait staff.


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