Unfortunately, arthritis is a common ailment among the senior population and the pain associated with arthritis can, in some cases, be severe. However, the good news is that seniors may be able to find pain relief through art therapy. Here are some ways art therapy can improve quality of life.
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy can be a great way to help someone both physically and mentally. It’s one method that can be used to cope with arthritis pain and other symptoms that can pose physical challenges for the elderly. For example, someone who has Parkinson’s disease may also benefit from art therapy. Art therapy not only helps with pain but has these additional benefits as well:
- Improve cognitive skills
- Relieve stress
- Improve hand-eye coordination
- Increase mobility
How Is Art Therapy Helpful for Arthritis Patients?
Being creative and expressive can be a great stress relief. It allows your mind to focus on something other than pain The actual movements from coloring, painting or sculpting can also help keep hands mobile which can serve as an exercise in itself.
Types of Art Therapy
Participating in an art therapy group may include the following types of art to keep stress levels down and arthritis pain at bay:
- Finger painting
- Painting with brushes
- Molding clay
The Arbors Assisted Living is a community that encourages elders to stay active, reduce stress, and enjoy their senior years to the fullest! Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about how The Arbors Assisted Living Community can be a great place for your elderly loved one to flourish.