As we grow older, our short-term memory starts to fade. We may forget the names of acquaintances or regularly misplace our car keys. In many cases, it’s nothing to be worried about—it’s a side effect of aging, just like gray hair and wrinkles.
Dementia is different. While we associate it with memory loss, dementia includes various symptoms that affect one’s reasoning, behavior, and emotions. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a decline in a senior’s mental ability caused by the brain cells’ inability to communicate. Seniors living with dementia may experience agitation, difficulties speaking, confusion, and poor judgement. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for up to 80 percent of dementia cases.
To provide their residents with enriching activities and promote their cognitive stimulation, assisted living communities have integrated hands-on art sessions, like those offered by Artfully Aging, into their recreation programs. While putting paintbrush to paper is an enjoyable activity in itself, the therapeutic benefits to those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s are proven to help maintain their overall health and well-being:
To discover even more benefits of offering senior art programs to your residents living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, click here or call 314.968.9148 to launch an Artfully Aging program at your assisted living community.