The Negative Effects Of Art Therapy On Older Adults

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Imagine receiving therapeutic treatment through painting, drawing, photography, music, acting, dancing, or any other form of creative expression. Therapeutic art has been shown to have power and influence on emotional and developmental states of individuals (Paskaleva & Uzunova, 2015). In their professional paper, researchers Paskaleva and Uzunova discuss multiple benefits of art therapy on the body and mind. In particular, the knowledge that art acts as a non-verbal communication of inner selves, and that it has evidence of increased emotional states, moods, and ideas is of great interest. Also, the finding that there is no significant restrictions on the positive effects of art therapy when considering age, gender, or education level, is promising due to the possibility of far reaching effects on a wide variety of people (Paskaleva & Uzunova, 2015). This statement allows for the realization that older adults, no matter the age, can benefit from therapeutic art interventions. Certain research looks specifically at the effects of art therapy on older adults’ cognition, improvements in dementia patients’ states, the decrease in symptoms for older adults suffering from depression, and the improvement of quality of life through art intervention; from these studies, one can begin to theorize that the lives of the elderly can be changed for the better through art.
Cognitive preservation is one of the main concern for older adults. According to Pike (2013) when referencing the
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