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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.

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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 Dementia

According 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.
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Some people 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. While dementia is more common as people grow older (up to half of all people age 85 or older may have some form of dementia), it is not a normal part of aging. Many people live into their 90s and beyond without any signs of dementia. One type of dementia, frontotemporal disorders, is more common in middle-aged than older adults.  

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.


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Beside Dementia patients, caregivers will need art therapy and they can do therapy with them. It is for them to take a break and let the art do the therapeutic process. 

Brief About Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a visual form of therapy that is effective for relaxation, rejuvenation and healing because art gives us strength, resilience, resourcefulness, mindfulness, healing and recovery 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 Objectives

Here are the key objectives of Art Therapy for people with 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.
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To learn new coping strategies with positive mind. 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 for Dementia

Art 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.
 

Art 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.


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Proven Methodologies

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

Art Therapy Modality

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.

Language

English or Mandarin. Default in English. Other spoken language is Hokkien and Cantonese. 

Art Therapy Fee

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

Please 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.

Confidentiality

By 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. 
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The Art Therapist

It 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.

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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