Comments on: Art Therapy With Older Adults & The Elderly Inspiring others to create. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:41:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: The Golden Estate (@TGE_India) Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:29:55 +0000 Let’s try and get more of the elderly on the art therapy.

By: tyff Wed, 18 Apr 2012 02:48:44 +0000 Trying to find articles about Don Jones, the father of art therapy that I can download for a report. Suggestions, other than wikipedia?

By: tyff Wed, 18 Apr 2012 02:48:44 +0000 Trying to find articles about Don Jones, the father of art therapy that I can download for a report. Suggestions, other than wikipedia?

By: Mark Lombard Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:57:40 +0000 Our non profit project is all about art therapy. We bring the museum art to the seniors and elderly that can not make the trip to the museum. Please come find out more about how we donate digital artbooks to hospices and nursing homes all over the world.

By: Silvana Minter Mon, 07 Nov 2011 21:01:10 +0000 Thank you for the attention to art therapy for all to comment on. I believe it is a great program in all aspects of art. I am an activities assistant at a senior livinig community and being a part of working with the elderly and their dementia not only benefits their physical and emotional needs, it fills my heart with so much love. Giving them the sence of accomplishment where it had been taken away, do to their physical disabilities along with stages of dementia is something everyone in all feilds should put a little bit of their time into. I am very fortunate to teach a watercolor to those 80 and older. Thank you ~ Silvana

By: Donna LaPlant Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:45:41 +0000 Thank you for letting me speak my mind as I have something I would like to share with you.I have a website that needs a couple of more days to be completed.Our site will be an artist showcasefor artist and craftsmenwho are retired, who are veterans, who are disabled. This website is for artwork sales,where arts and crafts can be sold and thereby these artist can continue togo on creatingin the medium that they love. LLife has changed all of us. We have no doubt that you retires, veterans,and disabled along with their friends and familieswill take advantage of our offer to showcase their creativity. We are offering a very low price to the sellers Please let us know.The website is We are based out of Loveland, Colorado There will not be a charge for unexplainable fees norwill we charge a high commission.It will all be affordable. Thank you kindly. Donna LaPlant Email

By: Amy Fri, 11 Mar 2011 02:37:30 +0000 Thank you for bringing attention to the ways in which creative activity can benefit older adults! I am an art therapist who works with older adults in Portland, OR. Since art therapy is such an adaptable modality, it is an especially wonderful way to work with people with physical disabilities and cognitive issues such as Dementia or stroke symptoms. Creative activity is engaging on so many levels and clients often report that making art improves their mood, provides a sense of freedom/autonomy, & gives them a sense of being listened to, encouraged, and valued. For more information about some of the goals/benefits of art therapy with older adults and examples of client art, please have a look at our website:

And to the previous poster Alex, this is a bit belated, but please feel welcome to contact us if you’d still like to talk with someone about pursuing this career path!

Amy Swallow, MA, ATR
Face in the Mirror Counseling, Inc.

By: Admin Mon, 05 Jul 2010 06:55:56 +0000 @jamescutler, thank you for the kind words…glad you like the site!

By: jamescutler Sat, 03 Jul 2010 07:25:46 +0000 Hi,art therapy is a unique offering for persons aged sixty-five years and older, giving the potential for enrichment and healing in those lives. Describing the various ways in which art therapy can be used in the treatment of mental and emotional problems of older adults,i appreciate this blog.

By: Alex Wed, 19 May 2010 01:05:00 +0000 Hi
So I am currently majoring in Art History at Cal State Fullerton and I’ve been thinking that I want to be an art therapist and work with seniors. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to get started. I mean should I be switching school, if so where would be the best place? Things like that, if anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

By: Aldo Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:33:59 +0000 Great post. This reminds me of a DVD documentary we watched recently “Remember Better When I Paint”. It is a remarkable film, and shows successful creative arts initiatives for those with Alzheimer’s from around the world. We had first heard about the film in an article on Alz. Weekly:

Would highly recommend this film – also on the DVD are bonus clips and tips on how to organize creative workshops or museum visits for the elderly dealing with dementia.

By: Marilee Donivan Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:05:19 +0000 Assisted Living residents respond to simple watercolor painting sessions with eagerness and activated minds, even while at different stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Activity directors say their residents become calmer and happier as they paint and enjoy the colors and shapes of non-structured painting sessions. Caregivers notice improved attitudes and behaviors even among those who are severely affected by dementia. Truly these right-brain activities should be included in activities, to give Alzheimer and dementia patients ACTIVE participation with art, not just passive viewing! And they have fun! What a gift to these special people. Photos and examples at

By: Marilee Donivan Mon, 15 Mar 2010 22:50:26 +0000 George Washington University’s Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities has conducted research on this topic, affirming the positive effects of art therapy on healthy brain functioning, with active imagination persisting even while memory fails. Results showed that the group with artistic participation had measurably more positive effects in overall physical health, mental and emotional health (morale), and social interaction. Great validation for promoting art therapy in groups for seniors! Research summary is noted at

By: Lawrence Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:29:22 +0000 Sad that it takes us so long, to get to appreciating the grounding and recharging effects, of a creative outlet on a human beings expression. As human beings we can not function properly, unless we are “grounded within” our physical body, within a “Now” time frame. Here are some possibilities for, grounding and recharging, that I would like to share with everyone.
Breathing ( deep and rhythmic)
Intake of Sufficient Water
Sexual Outlet
Being in a Natural Setting
Listening to Music and Dancing
Sharing With Someone
Creative Outlet
Learning by Doing
Appreciating and Enjoying
Empathic Listening
Creative Exchange
Helping Another
Watching the Sun Rise or Set
Feel free to utilize any and all of these methods freely on your self and encourage any that you deal with to thoroughly indulge. Perhaps this means that we are getting closer to the time, that we will finally use common sense, in dealing with people and social issues? “Does It Work or Not”, for all that are effected by every action or non-action? All My Best!