Memories That Matter
- Aged Care Communities
Memories that Matter provides a holistic and person-centred approach to Creative Art Therapy (CAT). We create a non-threatening environment for residents in aged care ...
Memories that Matter provides a holistic and person-centred approach to Creative Art Therapy (CAT). We create a non-threatening environment for residents in aged care to express themselves in a spontaneous and safe way. Creative Art Therapy has been shown to reduce depression and isolation, offering the power of choice and decisions, where residents can express themselves authentically and without judgement.
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, enriching their lives. 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 could include grandchildren days over the school holidays.
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