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Hospice organizations are keenly aware of the soothing power of music. Sometimes the music may be used casually, by the facility or the family, knowing that this is a type of music that the person who is in the dying process had always enjoyed. Increasingly, though, employing trained music therapists has been favored. Read more →


...I am aware that many people under age 65 need assistance from their adult children or other sources because of health problems. That being said, having arthritis or heart issues, for example, doesn’t make a person cognitively impaired. Therefore, when we offer to help in these situations, the elders’ opinions and wishes must be taken into consideration. Read more →


Completing crosswords, making a habit of Sudoku and playing challenging brain games on the Internet have long been suggested as methods of maintaining our cognitive health. These are all fine pursuits, but recent research by Mayo Clinic has shown that creative arts such as painting, drawing and sculpting may protect the mind against cognitive decline even better than the commonly used forms of brain exercise. Read more →


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million people in the U.S. live with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and the price tag for the disease in 2016 was over $236 billion. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that the disease is often featured on news broadcasts and as a topic of documentaries. PBS has been particularly attentive to the issues of AD. Read more →


Completing crosswords, making a habit of Sudoku and playing challenging brain games on the Internet have long been suggested as methods of .maintaining our cognitive health. These are all fine pursuits, but research by Mayo Clinic has shown that creative arts such as painting, drawing and sculpting may protect the mind against cognitive decline even better than the commonly used forms of brain exercise. Read more →


Dad needs a certain amount of nursing care and is at risk for frequent falls, but I believe that some of his depressed state could be relieved if he felt that had a purpose. Probably the same is true for several other residents. Read more →


There is still much to learn about the brain, however many people, including art therapists who’ve worked with people who have dementia, have been impressed by their clients' responses to visual art and their ability to create art. Read more →


There is still much to learn about the brain, however many people, including art therapists who’ve worked with people who have dementia, have been impressed by their clients' responses to visual art and their ability to create art. Read more →


However, these pursuits weren’t statistically as helpful as painting, drawing and sculpting. The researchers feel that the reason that practicing the creative arts is so successful is that it not only stimulates the mind but uses fine motor skills. Read more →