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Art therapy: innovative therapy for seniors

Art therapy has long been considered a therapeutic process. Because creating something from nothing, using pencils, paint, clay, or other materials can be a satisfying experience. For seniors, art therapy can also help restore functioning and a general sense of well-being. Plus, many programs are conducted in a social atmosphere; this allows seniors to build connections and relationships with others.

The benefits of art therapy programs for seniors

  • Increases cognitive skills and intellectual stimulation.

Challenging seniors to create art gives them an opportunity to expand their minds and look at things from a new perspective. For those dealing with memory loss, the simple act of creating may stimulate the senses and trigger long-forgotten memories.

  • Improves physical/motor skills and alleviates pain.

Creating artwork helps benefit coordination through small, purposeful movements, leading to less pain and even an enhanced immune system. For example, art allows seniors to focus less on their aches and pains. Instead, it allows seniors to concentrate on the creative process at hand.

  • Promotes socialization and communication.

In addition, art allows for an alternate way of connecting with others. This helps to lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation many seniors may face. So, those who have difficulty expressing themselves or communicating with others often may find using visual means to be extremely helpful.

  • Relieves stress and depression.

Creating art allows for an open expression of feelings, which can help relieve stress, anxiety, and confusion.

  • Promotes self-awareness and self-expression.

Lastly, art enables seniors to express themselves. Expressing oneself through art can be a powerful, meaningful way to share our lives with others. Plus, finding a new creative outlet can unlock hidden passions many may not realize they possess. MatrixCare’s Skilled Nursing Solution provides time-saving benefits to improve outcomes and quality of care while reducing readmission rates.

Learn more about MatrixCare for skilled nursing facilities.

Kevin Whitehurst
Kevin Whitehurst

Kevin Keith Whitehurst, Senior Vice President, Skilled Nursing Solutions, has been a key player in LTPAC technology since 1990. Whitehurst has held many leadership positions including IT Director for one of the first developers of MDS software systems to, most recently, SVP, Client Services for MatrixCare. In his current role, he is responsible for the success of the Skilled Nursing Solutions Group and oversees Product Management, Professional Services, Sales and Marketing, and Client Support for that group. A 26 year veteran, Whitehurst has dedicated his career to improving Skilled Nursing Providers experience with technology. Whitehurst holds degrees from San Bernardino Valley College and the Los Angeles School of Business and also served in the U.S Air Force.

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