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Art Therapy for Seniors with Dementia

According to figures published by the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently more than six million Americans over the age of 65 living with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia; that number is expected to increase to over 12 million people by the year 2050. With the increase in prevalence of dementia in the senior population, there are more efforts than ever before to identify ways for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients to manage their symptoms, delay the disease progression and live their best life each and every day.

One of the best ways to ensure dementia patients have the care needed to live as independently as possible for as long as possible is to explore options for memory care. Communities like Anthology of Rochester Hills are staffed with specially trained dementia care professionals who understand the needs of dementia patients. For memory care residents or those receiving care at home, there are many emerging support options for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, including: Therapies, Specially designed living spaces, Socialization and engagement opportunities, Enhanced safety measures, Focus on total wellness

To choose what options are right for you or your loved ones, it is important to understand what these support tools mean, how they can help a patient with dementia and how to achieve the best results. Art therapy is a promising tool that can be utilized in numerous settings.

Benefits of Art Therapy for Dementia Patients

While there is no cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, there are therapies, such as art therapy, that can have a positive impact on the lives of patients. Not only are art projects fun, but they bring special benefits for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Studies from various programs around the country indicate that art therapy stimulates the brain, stirring memories and encouraging speech. Other benefits of art therapy for seniors with dementia include: A sense of accomplishment, An opportunity for nonverbal expression, Enhanced opportunities for communication, Social interaction, Behavioral improvements, Increased confidence


At Anthology of McCandless, residents have access to an art and music program designed to create memory recall through musical events, self-expression, activities and a personalized digital jukebox!


Art Activities for Dementia Patients

art therapy activities with benefits for dementia patients. Here are a few examples:

Painting. Painting allows dementia patients to use color to represent thoughts, feelings and memories. Some dementia patients feel more comfortable expressing themselves through nonverbal means, and painting is an excellent outlet.

Music. Music can help reduce heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety, as well as trigger the release of endorphins. Music also helps to activate the section of the brain responsible for memory retention, which means that music can help people trigger happy memories of past experiences. At Anthology of Stonebridge Ranch, residents can utilize the Elements Activity program, which connects residents with the activities, therapies and hobbies that mean the most to them.

Observing art. For dementia patients, observing familiar works of art can bring up memories, while experiencing new works of art can bring out emotions and create a feeling of connection. At Anthology of the Plaza, residents are supported by Virtue Memory Care Neighborhoods. With a focus on supporting the mind, body and spirit of dementia patients, the neighborhoods feature local artwork and images of landmarks to create nostalgia and feelings of home, while also strengthening community connections


Finding Dementia Support

At each of the Anthology Senior Living memory care communities, our care is delivered with compassion and respect. We understand the unique needs dementia patients and their families face, and we are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of the latest therapies, support tools and management strategies to help each resident feel safe and happy. At Anthology of Tanglewood, every care team member has ongoing, extensive resident-centered training in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Additionally, residents have access to iN2L technology, which is designed for dementia patients to offer person-centered engagement and activities.


Interested in learning more about memory care at Anthology Senior Living? We would love to answer your questions and provide more information about our communities. Contact us today!