Creative activities have been found to really enhance the lives of those physically impaired with dementias. Drawing, painting, and music are used with the wonderful results of encouragement and peace, socializing and having fun with others. Many times my artists will draw and paint for a while and then just hang-out, enjoying being with the group. Sometimes a new visitor will come just to sit and watch - very happy to do just that.
I want to bring your attention to the documentary movie, Alive Inside. It is touching, enlightening and wonderful. I have provided links after a summary intro.
Alive Inside: How the Magic of Music Proves Therapeutic for Patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Diseases
Could a pair of headphones change the lives of millions of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia? "Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory," a new documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, follows a social worker named Dan Cohen who has launched a campaign to bring iPods and music therapy to nursing homes. One of the central characters in the film, a 90-something Alzheimer’s patient, is Henry Dryer. The documentary makers of Alive Inside posted a video of Henry on YouTube in 2012. The clip began with video of him looking largely unresponsive to the outside world. Then he’s given a pair of headphones to listen to Cab Calloway, his favorite. The music energizes him, awakens him, and brings back old memories. The clip of Henry went viral, and was seen nearly 10 million times. The film Alive Inside is now done and available as well. It's a must see:
Quick trailer - Henry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FWn4JB2YLU
Movie - Alive Inside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaW7xpgEsBw
DR. OLIVER SACKS said - "In some sense, Henry has reacquired his identity back for a while through the power of music."
Memory and Music: http://musicandmemory.org/