Memories That Matter

  • Aged Care Communities

Memories that Matter provides a non-judgemental and safe environment for residents in aged care to express themselves in a spontaneous and fun way.  Creative Art Therap...

Description

Memories that Matter provides a non-judgemental and safe environment for residents in aged care to express themselves in a spontaneous and fun way.  Creative Art Therapy has been shown to reduce depression and isolation, increase self esteem by offering the power of choice and decisions, and improve overall well-being. CATA provides possibilities where residents can express themselves authentically, thus, enriching their lives and sense of self.

Nonverbal therapy methods, such as painting, clay, collage, etc. are able to influence the well-being of the patients positively, and group therapy sessions expose residents to other residents that may share similar experiences and memories. The group environment acts as a time to share these moments and to feel connected rather than isolated. This kind of interaction improves social skills, communication and gives them a sense of belonging.

Overall, CAT can be a rewarding experience, even for individuals who aren't living with memory loss. The same calming effects can have a positive impact on other older adults living with stress, and a new, creative outlet can unlock hidden passions. Our program also includes grandchildren days over the school holidays, connecting the young with the young at heart.

Memories That Matter Program:

 

  • Improve fine motor skills and coordination
  • Provide sense of accomplishment
  • Increase self-esteem / value
  • Promote relaxation – reducing stress and anxiety
  • Stimulate focus
  • Enhance social skills through group art work
  • Resolve frustrations through safety of art
  • Express feelings nonverbally
  • Meaning making and life review