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The Healing Power of Art for Our Memory Care Residents

An article on art as therapy, in Harvard Health, references studies showing how engaging in art activities for those challenged with dementia can help them reconnect to the world around them. Art can also help with chronic mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. And, no, it’s not about producing a perfect work of art. “It’s the process, not the product,” according to Megan Carleton, art therapist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Indeed, it is the process. And no one knows that better than the caring, creative staff members at our Anthem Memory Care communities. During this challenging pandemic, our art supplies have been out in full force as we encourage our residents to express themselves through fun and relaxing art projects.

Below are some images of residents enjoying the soothing, calming, joyful art activities. These art sessions never fail to bring smiles and uplifted spirits to residents and staff alike!

Jigsaw-art study in purples and blues at Chisholm Place Memory Care in Wichita, Kansas.

Poppy flower pins add a touch of brightness and hope for residents at Greenridge Place Memory Care in Westminster, Colorado.

Painting pretty designs on smooth rocks to brighten the garden at Porter Place Memory Care in Tinley Park, Illinois.

The beginnings of a colorful birdhouse at Greenridge Place Memory Care.

This mask is a tempting canvas for a resident who adds a bit of color at Chelsea Place Memory Care in Aurora, Colorado.

Art can have an amazing positive impact for just about everyone, including those struggling with dementia. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, try injecting some art into their life.

Projects should be kept simple and easy to follow. Remember, it is not about the appearance of the finished product, it’s about the process itself. Sit down and work alongside your loved one. You may find a renewed sense of connectedness and joy yourself!