When caring for someone with dementia, anything that can make their day a little brighter is worth trying. Finding the perfect activity to give you and your loved one peace of mind is crucial.
Creating and looking at art can have many benefits for people with memory loss, including reducing anxiety and depression, providing stimulation, and helping to preserve cognitive function.
That’s why the Cherish memory care program with Proveer at Grande View will offer art therapy as one of its many services.
How does art help dementia patients?
People with dementia can experience positive results from expressing themselves. The benefits of art therapy include:
- Higher self-esteem
- Calming sensations
- Social opportunities
- Establishing a sense of purpose
- Hand-eye coordination
- Mental dexterity
An article on Alzforum mentions a patient who could create masterpieces and feel accomplished while not being able to remember their name. While requiring a high level of care at their memory care facility, making art was a time for peace and relief.
Older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia benefit from failure-free activities. Art and music are perfect examples of those types of hobbies. They are also excellent ways to involve family members.
Art projects are fantastic ways for people to express themselves when they have difficulty finding the right words. Creative pursuits like painting or collaging can spark and unlock memories. Try making a photo album with your loved one and see what it inspires.
Remember that people with dementia are adults and should be treated as such. Avoid projects that can cause:
Memory loss often leads to shorter periods of concentration. Don’t fret if your loved one doesn’t complete their work of art. Enjoy the moment while they are at peace and move on to the next task.
Cherish Memory Care | Birmingham, AL
Cherish is a personalized, comprehensive, and cost-effective option for memory care. It will open soon in Birmingham, Alabama with Proveer at Grande View.
Our program for dementia care gives seniors the chance to explore our Dimensions of Wellness:
- Stay Moving
- Pursue Knowledge
- Explore Art
- Give Back
- Build Relationships
- Be Enriched
With Proveer at Grande View, we believe that every day is structured to provide the comfort of a routine while still giving residents opportunities for new experiences through creativity.
Our team takes great pride in knowing our memory care clients by name and engaging them daily with an individualized plan based on what they need at the moment.
Our memory care community offers art therapy. This program is led by certified specialists working with residents to create individual and group projects. Residents can work with a variety of materials, including clay, paint, and fabric.
Creating art provides enjoyment and mental stimulation and can also be therapeutic. For instance, working with clay can help residents express their feelings and work through difficult emotions.
Art therapy also provides an opportunity for giving back to the community. For example, things like tying knots can be a gratifying tactile activity. Working together, residents can make chew toys for the animals at the local humane society.
Peace of Mind Senior Care
The team with Proveer at Grande View does the heavy lifting and handles the hassles of life so you and your family can live with peace of mind. We provide activities of daily living assistance, brain-healthy meals, housekeeping, and modern floor plans.
Giving your loved one the gift of memory care can alleviate the struggles and burnout of providing care at home. Let our dementia team handle tasks such as:
- Individualized care
- Bathing, dressing, and grooming
- Medication management and administration
- 24-hour response
- On-site rehabilitation services
- Housekeeping and maintenance
- Meal services
- Socialization and engagement
Coming Fall 2022: Proveer at Grande View
We are putting the finishing touches on the newest assisted living and memory care community in Birmingham.
Welcome to a memory care program that goes above and beyond to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for your loved one. We invite you to experience Proveer at Grande View.