Art and Aging Presentation
What's Art Got To Do With It?
View sample slides of Dr. Bagan's hour-long presentation on Art and Aging. Click a title to view a slide.
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How art heals
- Initiates relaxation response
- Converts hormones to healing mode
- Increases blood flow
- Enhances immune system
- Releases endorphins & neurotransmitters
- Improves concentration
- Changes attitude from despair to hope
- Produces joy, peace
- Creates sense of transcendence
- Releases inner resources
- Taps into spirituality
Art Therapy, Art Therapists
Art therapy is the use of making art under professional guidance, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development.
Art therapists are professionals trained in both art and psychology or counseling.
Using Art Therapeutically
Art as therapy is product-oriented; its goals are academic or aesthetic.
Art in therapy is process oriented and person oriented; its goal is therapeutic.
Benefits of Art with Older Adults
- Encourages communication
- Provides creative experience
- Increases self-esteem
- Provides sensory stimulation
- Gives a sense of control
- Introduces playfulness
- Stimulates memories
- Focuses attention
- Offers opportunities for connecting belonging, and socializing
- Heightens interest; reduces boredom
- Aids conflict resolution
- Releases trapped emotions
- Promotes self-expression and self-discovery
- Creates a legacy
Assist as needed
Treat adults as adults
Childlike, not childish!
Affirm the person, do not patronize
Positive Interactions with Dementia Patients (Tom Kitwood, 1997)
Validation Therapy Techniques (Feil 1993)
- Use nonthreatening, concrete, simple words
- Speak in a low, clear, empathetic voice
- Rephrase unclear communication
- Respond to explicit and implicit meaning
- Mirror nonverbal and verbal communication