“Art alleviates anxiety for people with dementia” new research finds.
In recent years art has become highly valued in society, with people able to express themselves however they feel. We know the benefits of using art in children’s therapy, but recent studies have shown the amazing effects of art therapy on Alzheimer’s patients.
It is not just viewing art that has proven to alleviate anxiety, but the actual process of creating artwork that improves concentration and attention, giving them a higher quality of life, whether that is at home with loved ones, or in a cared for environment.
“They become very animated, and very engaged, and the person [patient] becomes reacquainted with their partner, and that’s an extraordinary sensation, to be able to see that power.”
Dementia patients often have trouble communicating; the process of art therapy bypasses that roadblock by allowing them to express themselves through their creations.
“Concentration and attention improves, and patients are often easier to care for even when the [art] therapy is over.”
Not only is art therapy used more and more in care homes, but there is also evidence to show the benefits of therapy with people with depression and anxiety.
“Pick up a paintbrush or pencil to beat depression, says study.” One minister describes the therapy as “art is tears” a way to describe the release of emotion that comes with creating art.
Research has shown that patients with mental health issues who have undergone art therapy had more motivation, and had a more positive outlook on life even after the therapy has ended.
There is no reason why art should just be prescribed by specialists; anyone can pick up a paintbrush, any time, any day, to give them a release that has been proven to benefit the mind.