To minimize stress and anxiety for all involved, there are some important communication tips to remember when caring for a loved one with dementia. As an art therapist, I find introducing creative activities an excellent way to highlight one’s abilities and provide engaging experiences that can promote reminiscence, self-expression, communication, and meaningful interactions with caregivers, among other benefits. Even if your family member does not have previous creative experience, there are many ways to become involved.
Creativity for Life / American Art Therapy Association
Art therapy combines active art-making, the creative process and applied psychological theory within a psychotherapeutic relationship. There are a multitude of ways to communicate, and especially when we are struggling, facing a challenge or even a health crisis, our own words or language may fail us. During these times, an art therapist can help clients express themselves in ways beyond words or language.
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