Dementia Care and Prevention
Using Art as a form of therapy for Dementia care and prevention. Art Therapy is an effective and proven modality for our mind and body wellness and this is a customised Art Therapy for patients with dementia and for caregivers as well.
Art Therapy can slow down the disease, improve brain functioning, creativity, reintegration, quality of life for themselves and caregivers. As a preventive measure, Art Therapy helps stimulation of our brain, de-stress, building cognitive reserve, a full relaxation and rejuvenation. It is a subtle and expressive form of visual communication and therapeutic journey.
What is DementiaAccording to National Institute of Aging: Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning, thinking, remembering, and reasoning; and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities. These functions include memory, language skills, visual perception, problem solving, self-management, and the ability to focus and pay attention.
The causes of dementia can vary, depending on the types of brain changes that may be taking place. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. Other dementias include Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal disorders, and vascular dementia. It is common for people to have mixed dementia with a combination of two or more types of dementia. For example, some people have both Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.
Why Art Therapy for DementiaArt Therapy is proved to be a great medicine for treating mind and body. Research has shown Art Therapy helps participants with dementia by allieviating attentional and verbal stress by reducing anger and anxiety. Indeed, Art Therapy has increase brain pathway such as somatosensory, motor and visual. Art Therapy has also improve communication and quality of life worth living for.
Our approach and methodologies are proven scienitifcally and clinically. Most important of all, we take ART seriously and creatively with wide selection of medium and materials for different purpose, culture and participants needs. They have been tested to ensure safety and effectiveness of the therapy.
For participants with Dementia, a balance of structured and unstructured form of therapy will be used. Intervention will be introduced from time to time for reducing stress, anxiety, fear and depressed feelings. Experienced Art therapist withg understanding of Dementia and Art will facilitate the sessions.
LanguageEnglish or Mandarin. Default in English. Other spoken language is Hokkien and Cantonese.
ConfidentialityBy default, Art Therapy sessions are strictly confidential unless otherwise they might be harmful or post a danger to self, group, any person or the public. Written consent will be obtained to release any of the artworks or information to the public. Art therapist will treat all discussion and art works as personal and private for treatment purpose only.
About Art Therapist
Art Therapy program and treatment are facilitated by Mastered level Art Therapist - Mr. Lee Thiam Seng (Paul). Mr. Lee is an artist, art teacher, art therapist, consultant and founder of UniqArts and Technologies in 1995. Mr. Lee holds a Masters of Art in Art Therapy from LaSalle College of the Arts and a Bachelor Degree in Management from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia. He has been practicing Art Therapy since 2009. His experience including individual and group art therapy treatment for pupils at Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), women with breast cancer at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), psychotic patients at Changi General Hospital (CGH) Psychiatric Ward, older adults (geriatric) at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital's (KWSH) Day Rehabilitative Center and Geriatric Day Hospital (GDH) at CGH. Mr. Lee conducted a research at KKH with Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for his Art Therapy masters thesis: "Art Therapy as a Modality of Healing in Stages - For Women with Breast Cancer." Mr. Lee also integrated Taichi exercise with Art Therapy, Team Building through art and creativity and Healing Art Therapy.
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