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    Talk: Can art therapy assist those with brain disease? | Las Vegas CityLife

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    It turns out that the frightening conditions of Alzheimer’s disease — which causes short and long-term memory loss — and frontotemporal disorders (FTD) — which is responsible for loss of language and speech — often have a creative silver lining. While some skills in the brain diminish, other new, expression-related skills are unlocked as the brain reroutes functions to compensate.

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Some children who receive pediatric occupational and physical therapy have goals related to bilateral coordination for the whole body.  Here are ideas to practice bilateral coordination skills in older children:

Four-Button Memory Picture Phone- I like this simple phone; it can be pre-programmed with family numbers and faces. Answering it does not require confusing on-off buttons. The numbers can be covered to prevent random numbers being dialed.

Memories In The Making is an art program designed for people with Alzheimer's disease. The program was created by the Orange County Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. This book will provide the information needed to facilitate small and medium sized groups, as well as to work with an individual at home.

Alzheimer’s Art Therapy Tours are for those with memory loss and their care partners. Participants enjoy lively discussion of artwork conducted by docents trained by the Brooks Museum and the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as hands-on art-making with an art therapist.

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Do you have an artistic ability you would like to share with or teach seniors? Volunteer Opportunities available at CRISTA Senior Living, Shoreline, WA... For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator at mailto:nbutcher@c... or 206-546-7448.