What is Art Therapy and How Does it Benefit the Residents?
The act of creating stimulates the brain by requiring the resident to plan, remember, create patterns, and use motor skills. It also draws on parts of the brain that are not dominated by language, which allows the resident an opportunity to engage in creative outlets and feel a sense of accomplishment as well as increased self-esteem. The residents at Filosa and Hancock Hall have been creating tissue paper collages (holiday tree murals, autumn leaves), 3-dimensional stars made out of magazines, tissue paper flowers, and small snowmen made out of mixed media.
In addition, the residents created cookies in a jar for the Holiday Bazaar. These Art Therapy experientials are designed to promote self-awareness, relieve stress, anxiety, and confusion (through developing a sense of empowerment), improve/sustain motor skills, improve cognitive skills, increase the ability to cope with transitions, facilitate communication and increase self-esteem.