From Virginia Pisciotta
Author: Eric Ellena
I Remember Better When I Paint : Treating Alzheimer’s Through the Creative Arts [videorecording DVD]
I Remember Better When I Paint is a fascinating documentary on how art therapy is producing positive results in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Many facilities are now using art and other creative outlets such as music to improve the quality of life of Alzheimer’s patients and open up paths of communication between patients and family members or caregivers. Scientists have found that the parts of the brain related to emotions and creativity still function in the Alzheimer patient.
Visits to art museums are also highly effective. You would never guess from watching the visitors respond to the art and listening to their conversations about the art, that they had Alzheimer’s disease.
I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone who has a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or who works in a facility with Alzheimer’s patients. In fact, I think most anyone would find this both interesting and encouraging.