For Dementia Prevention and Healing
In prevention of Dementia, Art Therapy is recommended because it will help to improve our brain health holistically and therapeutically. Art Therapy
is a proven, safe and effective form of mind and body wellness.
Therapy can slow down the disease, stimulate brain functioning and
possibility reverse the disease when treated earlier. In addition, Art
Therapy helps to improve quality
of life for
patients and their caregivers. As a prevention, Art Therapy helps
strengthening our brain, de-stress, building cognitive
reserve, relaxation and rejuvenation. It is a subtle and
expressive form of
visual communication and wellness journey uniquely.
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.
with dementia cannot control their emotions, and their personalities
may change. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it
is just beginning to affect a person's functioning, to the most severe
stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic
activities of living.
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.
Dementia patients, caregivers will need art therapy in order to be strong enough to care for them.
Therapy is a visual form of therapy that is effective
rejuvenation and healing
because art gives us strength, resilience, resourcefulness, mindfulness, healing and
from any illnesses, both physical and psychological. It is because Art enages our mind and body actively to sooth, cleanse and
cure us completely. Art is using visual language without border or limitation of verbal or written form of languages.
Art Therapy ObjectivesTo improve our brain health and prevent from Dementia. To
reduce or lower the level of anxiety for coping with Dementia. To
stimulate other part of the functioning brains in order to learn the
coping strategy of this disease. To express their feelings holistically and release their fear and anxiety.
To learn new coping strategies with positive mind to keep active with our daily life. To stimulate other part of
the brains that are not affected by the
disease and learning how to deal with their disease. To tell their stories visually and creatively. To find healing for their mind and body. To improve quality of life for themselves and caregivers.
Why Art Therapy
is proven scientifically and effective to be a great psychological 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.
Therapy can help us reintegrate, reorganize, rewire and
increase our cognitive development and brain functionings. Art Therapy
is by far the most complete and effective form of communication
especially when words are not enough or when dealing with difficult
emotions and traumatic experience.
approach and methodologies are proven scienitifcally and
clinically. Most important of all, our Art Therapist able to do accurate diagnosis and provide appropriate intervention.
In addition, we have a wide selection of medium and materials as modality for different purpose,
treatment, age group, culture and participants needs. They have been
tested to ensure safety and effectiveness of the therapy. Indeed, Art Therapy is the most effective form of therapy to improve our brain health.
Brain Health through Art Therapy
Art Therapy Improves Memory
Therapy improves memory by accessing to our memories which are stored
at different part of the brain. Art Therapy has a process that is
essential to reorganize our memories. Art Therapy stimulates
brain functioning for Explicit, Implicit and Working memories.
Art Therapy: Stimulates Senses
Senses are activated in Art Therapy through drawing, painting,
modeling, folding, etc. Sensory are enhanced in Art Therapy with
improved observation, recognition and responses. Art Therapy stimulates
Somatosensory pathway haptic. Art Therapy uses
Cortex. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic
opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and
expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language.
Art Therapy: Build Cognitive Reserve
Cognitive reserve is the mind resistance to damage of the
brain. Art Therapy helps to build this reserve by keeping our mind
balanced, and healthy. As you have more cognitive reserve, your
brain has ability to improvise and find alternate ways of getting a job
Art Therapy: Re-connect, Reintegrate, Re-wire our brain
Therapy is a subtle of way of re-connect our hidden, past and present
memories. It helps to re-group and reintegrate them appropriately
for easy archive. Art Therapy can re-wire our complex brain
Art Therapy: Regulate our feelings and emotions
Therapy is the most effective form to regulate our feelings and
emotions in a safe space. It is because we create art, we
are helping our brain to find the right visual space to express our
feelings more than words can tell. Art Therapy deal with difficult
feelings. Using Art Therapy, we can express difficult feelings
(anxiety, stress, fear, sadness, anger, etc.). Brain (Amygdala)
part of the limbic system within thebrain, which is responsible for
emotions, survival instincts, and memory. Amygdala is found to
be intact with early Alzheimer patients.
Art Therapy Increases Spatial Navigation
Therapy can increase our spatial navigation and relationship. It
is because Art Therapy allows our mind to navigate within the art
space, finding right medium, and creating them.
Art Therapy: Free from Stress
Therapy can take our stress away, keeping our mind calm, enjoy the
creative process and relax. These positive stimuli can
be processed and kept as emotional memories. Helping Amygdala staying active and positive.
Art Therapy – Rejuvenation journey
Therapy make us feel young and energetic. Because Art Therapy
allows exploration with familiar medium in a fun and creative
way. The joy of Art Therapy is fun and feeling young like a child
and teenager. It is a rejuvenation journey for good brain health.
Art Therapy – Improve Communication
Therapy process and products are visual based. A person will find
new, creative and effective ways of communication through
Therapy. It is by creating new visual vocabulary for us to express
clearly more than words or when we cannot find the right word. Art
Therapy allows Visual language for communication, treatment and
healing. We can express ourselves better with depth, width and
with VISUAL IMAGES. It is because Art Therapy engages Visual
Cortex of our brain. A New Vocabulary, Art stimulates the senses,
trigger dormant memories. Art encourages conversation and social
interaction. Art helps us explore a new vocabulary. Indeed,
art speaks for you.
Art Therapy: Heighten Awareness
Therapy will empowered a person awareness of self and world around
it. This awareness is necessary for making appropriate behavior
adjustment for a positive mindset and a life better live
Art Therapy: Mind Body wellness
Therapy requires us to image, plan, make some choices and execute idea
physically. Hands are human outer brain. Use them hands
wisely, make a smarter brain. Art Therapy helps to strengthen our
Mind and body. Mind Body Connection Through visual and
integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in
ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Drawing requires physical connection to our mind.
Art Therapy: Applied Mindfulness
is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences
occurring in the present moment. Art Therapy is one of great form
of mindfulness in practice. Art Therapy let you feel the
present moment and enjoy the process of inner peace timeout.
Art Therapy: Quality Life
healthy mind and body, we can enjoy life even when we are
older. Art Therapy is a form of therapy with assurance of quality
life as we remember better. Indeed, Art Therapy can really heal and
take care of our brain holistically.
LanguageEnglish or Mandarin. Default in English. Other spoken language is Hokkien and Cantonese.
Single drop-in session is S$80/= nett for trial or assessment, inclusive of art supplies, 1.5 hours.
Monthly Package Fee is S$218/= (for up to 4 weekly sessions, 1.5 hours per
session), excluding any art supplies. Please bring along your own
preferred art materials (eg.
paper, pencil, coloured pencils, watercolour paint, etc.) or you may
purchase them at our art studio.
How to Register Art Therapy
call and check timeslot available. Once available, you can book a
session and payment can be on cash or cheque, bank transfer or Credit
card. For institutions, hospitals or community, please contact us.
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.
The Art TherapistIt
is not an art therapy without an Art Therapist. It is because the
skills, knowledge, training and experience of an art therapist is essential to
facilitate, support, appropriatre treatment, intervention and for positive result.Verbal
communication is secondary in art
therapy session because ART is a visual communication. Indeed, the Art Therapist can provide insights and accurate information about the art that you have created. Art is also an effective form of
expression and communication. Clients can choose whether sharing about their artworks to the therapist. The effectiveness of Art Therapy is also subject to the Art Therapist experience, knowhow and appropriate intervention.
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
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
for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), women with breast cancer at KK
and Children's Hospital (KKH), psychotic patients at Changi General
(CGH) Psychiatric Ward, older adults (geriatric) at Kwong Wai Shiu
(KWSH) Day Rehabilitative Center and Geriatric Day Hospital (GDH) at
Mr. Lee conducted a research at KKH with Institutional Review Board
approval for his Art Therapy masters thesis: "Art Therapy as a Modality
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.
Read more about Art Therapist Mr. Paul Lee