Creative Aging: The Emergence of Artistic Talents
Dr. Richard Senelick explored the importance of art, such as painting, in seniors with dementia. He explained that patients’ artwork demonstrates that they are more self-aware than others perceive them to be. As verbal signals have become more difficult, patients can use art to communicate in other ways. “Expressive arts therapies incorporate a wide range of opportunities for people to communicate, including music, art, drama, poetry, and storytelling. The expressive arts offer a new channel of communication and increase people's ability to tell their story,” said Senelick. Because of this realization, we must become more aware and understanding of how the brain changes as we age, rather than how it deteriorates.