East Dunbartonshire Initiative For Creative Therapy
Therapeutic Art Sessions
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Over the past two years EDICT has been developing a service for older people, including those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Again, we are very concerned that the service should focus on the whole person, rather than just addressing the nature of their mental condition.
Although, initially, we were unsure of the efficacy of our approach in respect to this care group, it has proven be a great success. Once again the element of mutual support offered by participants has been central to its success.
Equally, though, the application shown by everyone in their approach to their work has been inspiring . Again, the act of painting allows people to live in the moment and as producing art is as instinctive to us as speech, many of the perceived concerns of dementia simply do not exist in the studio.