When speaking of alternative treatments for brain ailments, we are referring to any form of remedy that does not rely on drugs, surgery, or other medical interventions. Music and art therapy have been proven in some cases to be more effective than the conventional medicines dispensed by doctors – without the accompanying side effects! For example, Alzheimer’s usually leaves unaffected those regions linked with emotions, creativity, and creative expression. By activating these zones it is possible to enable communication via the emotional/creative parts of their brains. By using music and art therapy, we can rekindle relationships thought to be lost forever. This activity is becoming increasingly popular as it not only helps release the creative spark within seniors but also provides therapeutic benefits for those suffering from dementia.
With the emergence of music therapy, memory care centers now have access to one of the most powerful alternative treatments available. By connecting with our auditory cortex and limbic system (where emotions are processed), scientific research has proven that music can help us retrieve memories we believed were long gone – even for those in the late stages of dementia. Both parts such as the hippocampus and limbic systems remain intact, which allows us to maintain a sense of connection through musical aid. Clinical studies show that people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s have improved speech, memory, and movement after repeatedly playing and listening to music.
Music and art therapy have been proven in some cases to be more effective than the conventional medicines dispensed by doctors – without the accompanying side effects!
Music therapy can allow residents and their families to reconnect again in some very remarkable ways. Music evokes emotions that bring memories. Musical aptitude and appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in dementia sufferers. When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress, stimulate positive interactions, and facilitate cognitive function.
Medical professionals have discovered that the regions of the brain responsible for emotions, creativity, and imagination remain untouched in Alzheimer’s disease. To access these untouched areas and enable communication using them, stimulating activities are beneficial. Popular music from a person’s childhood is successful at evoking memories; even during advanced stages of this disorder songs from earlier years can prove to be effective triggers. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult, and is used as a sensory stimulation that can help maintain or improve a person’s quality of life. Furthermore, music therapy not only positively impacts general physical and mental health in those with dementia but also stimulates memory recall, modifies moods and emotions, offers a non-medicinal form of pain relief, and provides opportunities to engage socially.
Through art therapy, those with dementia can explore and express themselves in a unique way. Painting, drawing, and other forms of art therapy offer an outlet for expression that transcends spoken words as the ability to communicate deteriorates. Not only does this creative activity provide a fun recreational opportunity, but it also helps them regain motor skills like physical rehabilitation might do. Art therapy provides an enriching environment to stimulate imaginations – encouraging individuals with Alzheimer’s disease to discover their artistic voices!
Art projects can create a sense of accomplishment and purpose by providing the person with dementia an opportunity for self-expression, and as a creative outlet to express their ideas and emotions in a safe, structured environment. Art therapy also allows clients to socialize and enhance their quality of life by connecting with others.
Art therapy is a powerful tool that can help stimulate creativity, bolster social interactions, and provide an avenue for one to express their emotions. Moreover, this practice has been shown to aid memory recall which in turn improves concentration and strengthens cognitive connections through visualization.
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Music and art therapy are very powerful ways of connecting with people with dementia. This generally leads to happier and more engaged people. Avanti Senior Living at Augusta Pines utilizes both forms of therapy to help diffuse anxiety and offer redirection, as needed. Participating in creative therapies can provide great benefits that would otherwise be unattainable. Through activities such as creating art and reflecting on artistic products and processes, individuals will not only develop their ability to manage stress but also gain greater self-awareness. Additionally, these forms of therapy provide enhanced cognitive abilities and a feeling of satisfaction from exploring one’s creativity.