Thursday, November 23, 2017

Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of People Living with Memory Loss Through Therapeutic Recreation and the Expressive Arts

What is Recreation Therapy?

   Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being. These services are provided by a nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Why Expressive Arts?

   For some people living with dementia, verbal communication and expression can become challenging,  Expressive therapies aren’t arts and crafts classes, but a processes for helping clients reach specific goals for self-expression,  experience joy, and their improve their over-all mood.

What outcomes can be expected?

   Outcomes of expressive therapies for individuals with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s are to maximize their remaining abilities.  We use music, movement, visual arts, storytelling, facilitated poetry and creative writing, improvisation drama groups, cooking, gardening, and Health Rhythms Drumming to encourage self-expression. This is especially useful for those who are unable to express themselves verbally. All interventions are focused on creating a safe and joyful experience, reduce  anxiety, depression, and enhance the quality of one’s life.


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