Perdue Art Therapy
Dementia & Alzheimer’s

Dementia & Alzheimer’s

Dementia & Alzheimer's

Art therapy for Alzheimer's and other dementias

I specialize in working with those experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, as well as their family and caretakers. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia pose many unique challenges, but the early stages are also when treatment can be most effective. Unfortunately, the majority of resources are dedicated to older adults and lack sufficient support for others. Using art to process and explore what we are experiencing can help manage many symptoms while helping us to navigate areas of loss, including the loss of self-esteem, socialization, and previous life roles.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's or another form of dementia is devastating. As the disease progresses folks can isolate and turn inward. Connection to others is such a huge part of who we are as humans. I help individuals with dementia reconnect and stay in touch with the identity that is being overshadowed by the dementia. Art can offer a means of expression as well as the opportunity to reconnect with the parts of our selves that have been forgotten. During the art therapy session I focus on improving the client's sense of physical, mental and emotional well being by using their innate ability to create and appreciate art.

 

 

 

 

art therapy quote

you are never too old to heal

How can art therapy help?

Art therapy for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia is not reliant on verbal communication and abilities. As the disease progresses it becomes more difficult for folx with dementia to express themselves and communicate verbally. With Alzheimer's disease the part of the brain that is associated with creative expression and emotions are some of the last parts to be impacted, allowing individuals to remain engaged in creative activities for longer with beneficial responses. Art therapy can provide opportunities for folks to express and explore their emotional and creative centers without relying on words. And for many of us, even on a good day, the words may be difficult to find.

With a dementia diagnosis comes a tremendous loss and transition in life. You are losing who you are and who you thought you were going to be. Art therapy does not focus on fixing anything but preserving your abilities while improving quality of life and providing a safe space and container to express and process the loss and grief without having to keep things neat and pretty. As the disease progresses and abilities change, art therapy can adapt and change with them, meeting individuals where they are, in that moment, every session. In a time when one’s world becomes smaller and decisions more difficult, it can help you regain a sense of control, mastery and well-being.

 

 

 

 

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