How Regularly Enjoying Art Can Enhance Your Parent’s Elderly Care

Elderly Care in Merion Station PA

Elderly Care in Merion Station PAOne of the best benefits of starting an elderly care relationship for your aging parent is the ability for that parent to live a lifestyle designed around their own personal needs to create a happy, healthy, safe, and enjoyable lifestyle. Your parent’s elderly health care services provider can work with you to identify the specific needs of your aging parent and come up with activities an experiences tailored to address those needs in meaningful and beneficial ways.

For many seniors, particularly those who are coping with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, one activity that can be especially valuable is art therapy. Encouraging your parent to regularly enjoy art activities can help to strengthen their mind and improve their overall quality of life.

Some of the ways that art therapy can enhance your parent’s care include:

• Mental stimulation. Anything that stimulates the mind and triggers thoughts and memories works to strengthen the brain and improve cognition, critical thinking, and memory skills. Doing art projects stimulates the mind in a variety of ways, including through color, patterns, textures, and critical thinking.

• Communication. Adults with Alzheimer’s disease progressively lose their ability to communicate. This can happen even in the early to moderate stages of the disease with the person having difficulty coming up with the right words or trouble following conversations. As the disease progresses they will not be able to communicate at all. This can be extremely challenging for the senior and for their caregivers. Art therapy gives the senior a channel by which they can communicate. Your aging parent, for example, may not be able to properly communicate their memories about something or tell you a full story, but they can create pictures and other pieces of art that communicate words or thoughts that they cannot recall completely.

• Self-expression. Simply because your aging parent does not communicate in the same way does not mean that they do not have emotions, thoughts, and personal experiences. Being able to express this effectively is valuable to mental and emotional health. Doing art together is an exceptional way for your parent’s elderly health care services provider to learn more about your parent and get insight into their current condition. This can mean looking at the colors and shapes that they use, the themes of their art, or the way that they create those pieces. This can help you to determine if your parent needs extra care and attention.

Use these tips to help you make art therapy more effective for your aging parent:

• Avoid mediums that are potentially dangerous, such as materials that would be toxic if consumed or that could cause cuts or burns

• Appeal to different senses by offering not just paint or crayons, but objects that they can glue to the paper or the option of making a clay sculpture

• Do not just think about visual art such as painting or drawing. Music, dancing, and even acting can be valuable forms of expression and communication.


How Art Therapy Helps People with Dementia and Alzheimer’s

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Merion Station, PA, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
Tom Smith, President & CEO