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Art Therapy

Coloring paper with dyed gels.At Better Day Club, art is for everybody! For us it’s all about the process and the emotional connections and expressions art and sensory activities help to facilitate. We have learned a lot about club members through art such as where and how deficits in hand/eye coordination manifest and how we can assist members in adapting so they can have more independence. Some members have been delighted to discover that a talented artist has been inside them for years, just waiting to be let out!

Art therapy integrates the visual arts and the creative process with psychotherapeutic techniques to support, improve, and enhance an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Engaging in the creation of art can be an enjoyable experience on its own. However, for the individual with dementia the art process can also be used therapeutically to improve their physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning. For those with limited speech the art process also provides a non-verbal mode of communicating.

Art therapy has been shown to improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia. Research has identified the following benefits:

Paula Worley is Better Day Club's Art Therapist. She holds a Masters of Art in Art Therapy from St. Mary of the Woods College, and has years of experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings.

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