Many people go through Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and still can’t seem to grasp that art is supposed to be about feeling, not feeling about art. Even the most well-meaning Alzheimer’s patients will often find reason to argue about the appropriateness of a particular piece of art.
This is actually quite a good point. Art can be a really difficult and exhausting form of therapy for a person who has a disease. Art is meant to be fun and playful, but a person with Alzheimer’s will find that not all art will be fun or playful. All art is meant to help a person have a sense of purpose in life, which can be very difficult to achieve when you are in a state of decline.
The thing is, there are a lot of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s. You know, people who have a lot of memories and can make decisions and seem to have some insight into the world around them. They may have a lot of problems though, so it’s quite easy for them to get angry about art that they don’t understand (or find offensive).
There are a few things that can be done to make art more comforting and less depressing. I would recommend creating art that is designed to be used on a wall in a room, rather than a framed piece that you would hang on the wall. That way, you can bring art into the room, rather than just hanging it. It can also be a good time to create art that has a more personal touch.
In Alzheimer’s, the brain becomes more dysfunctional until the person dies. This is due to a variety of things; the brain cells stop working, the brain doesn’t keep up with the body’s needs, the brain becomes less plastic due to the disease affecting the nerve connections, etc.
If you want to take art into alzheimers, the simplest thing is to doodle. The brain is a terrible place to doodle, but doodling can be done in a number of ways. You can doodle in pen and ink, but this is a hassle. You can draw on paper with crayons, then you can just stick it on a wall or a table, but this is also a hassle.
The most useful thing you can do for your brain is doodle. Doodling helps you keep your brain from shutting down due to a lack of neural pathways for learning. It also makes you more creative and makes you more likely to learn more things, which can improve your quality of life. It is also a very productive way to learn.
Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, here are some simple arts and crafts ideas that are great for all the Alzheimer patients out there.
First of all, make sure your art supplies are in good shape-it is easy to lose them, and its easy to overwork your brain trying to remember to use them.