The Arts Help to Heal the Spirit

 

The Creative Expression Activities Program was established over 10 years ago in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by Dr. Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka to encourage the use of the arts when engaging with people living with dementia.  Gottlieb-Tanaka, who chairs the Society for the Arts in Dementia Care, has found that bringing out creativity in  People with dementia, has improved difficult behaviours, lessen anxiety, contributed to self-confidence and more. “What can be better than being engaged in painting, reminiscing, dancing, storytelling, acting, cooking, designing, learning new things, singing, sharing dreams and philosophical approaches to life lessons learned, shared faith, beliefs and spiritual ideas,” says Gottlieb- Tanaka. “I can tell you that everyone who has experienced this program just loved it. It is healing our souls, and isn’t this worthwhile trying?” The program is also open to well seniors who may be concerned about memory loss.  

Vernon Morning Star

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