Healing Through Art: The Benefits of Art Therapy for Seniors
Canyon Creek, located in Cottonwood Heights, UT, has always
been more than just a place to live; we’re a dynamic community of staff and
residents and a place to call home. At Canyon Creek, we are committed to
creating an environment that fosters the physical, mental, and emotional
well-being of each of our residents. From yoga to group outings, we schedule
many different kinds of fun and engaging activities. One of our most
entertaining and therapeutic activities on the program is art therapy,
including art classes, craft sessions, and more. Art therapy is very beneficial
for our seniors, especially among residents in our
. What are the therapeutic benefits for seniors, and how do
these benefits soothe those suffering from memory disorders? Let’s explore.
What Is Art Therapy?
Art therapy integrates the creative arts as a way to provide
therapeutic relief to those suffering from a variety of emotional or cognitive
disorders, such as memory loss, illness, or PTSD.
show that constant engagement in art can improve quality of life, even among
older individuals with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Creative
expression allows us to feel more in touch with ourselves, triggering positive
memories while reducing feelings of disorientation and loneliness. Other benefits, to list a few, include
improved memory, enhanced cognitive function, and reduced anxiety.
How We Approach Art
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Where one
resident may feel at home with a paint brush, another may prefer creative
writing or knitting. We always try to mix it up by providing multiple arts and
crafts projects for seniors. Of course, some prefer to stay within their
comfort zone and stick to their preferred activity, and that is perfectly fine
as long as their hands and minds are engaged.
Enriching a Sense of
We stand behind the power of art therapy because we have
seen firsthand the difference it has made for residents in our assisted senior
living community, as well as our memory care program. Canyon Creek is
passionate about showing each resident in its care that he or she has a
powerful imagination that can be expressed through the creative arts.
feel free to visit us at any time
. A tour through Canyon Creek will show
you that we are a close-knit community; staff and residents are all integrated
here as one big family, and we always welcome visitors to schedule a time to
observe or participate in our regularly-scheduled activities. We look forward
to meeting you!
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