Benefits of Art Therapy for Senior Citizens In Assisted Living

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Benefits of Art Therapy for Senior Citizens In Assisted Living

Our brains need to get a workout just like the muscles in our body or they will start to deteriorate, which may result in the loss of cognitive abilities. Art therapy has been found to be quite beneficial to seniors, like those enjoying life in an assisted living care center.

The Benefits of Art Therapy

One of the joys of art therapy for seniors is its versatility. A professional art therapist will work with the resident, their family, and the other medical and administrative staff to blend art therapy with physical health goals and cognitive improvement activities.

Between 2001-2007, a Creativity and Aging Study was conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts—during this time there were over 300 participants tracked at three different sites. The study indicates that art therapy can result in the following improvements:

  • Better overall health
  • Fewer doctor visits
  • Fewer medications needed
  • Better overall mental health, including reduced depression and anxiety
  • More involvement overall
  • Decrease in falls, perhaps as overall health and confidence improved

Other benefits of art therapy are:

  • Boost in self-esteem
  • Improved social skills
  • Encouraging and embracing fun in life
  • Increased morale
  • Alternative means of communication for those who may have limited verbal or written skills
  • Inclusion of family members and friends in creativity

Types of Art Therapy

The possibilities are as endless as the art therapists and the seniors themselves. Residents may enjoy creative activities such as:

  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Writing/Poetry
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Graphic Design

Enriching art therapies are just a few of the many and varied activities offered at American Orchards Senior Living. If you or a loved one are ready to enjoy our beautiful facilities, well-trained team members, and awesome activities, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.