Art Therapy Can Improve Quality of Life for Alzheimer’s Patients

Denise Reynolds, RD, explores the building research and programs which indicate that creativity positively impacts the lives of people with Alzheimer’s.  Reynolds cites a study done in 1999 at Brighton University which found that people with Alzheimer’s who participated in arts programs showed “significant improvement to their symptoms” just after 10 weeks.  She said that patients with Alzheimer’s often display the “four A’s” – anxiety, aggression, agitation and apathy and that with artwork and creative activity these symptoms begin to diminish.  Art activity can also bridge the gap between patient and caregiver allowing them to connect in a nonverbal and expressive way. 
Emax Health, November 10, 2009
 
Written By: Denise Reynolds