ALMA is committed to improving the quality of life in nursing homes, to bring dignity to our elders latest years.
The creative arts are not only fun & engaging,
they also have a significant health benefits.
Participation in arts interventions has been linked with improving cognitive function and memory, general self-esteem and well-being, as well as reducing stress and other common symptoms of dementia, such as aggression, agitation, and apathy. Some interventions promote social interaction, which has multiple psychosocial benefits.
Why intergenerational connection?
Collaboration between generations builds vital community. Adults provide physical support. Children bring vibrancy, joy, play, and companionship. Elders offer wisdom, emotional support, character building, and unconditional love.
Intergenerational connection dismantles ageism by decreasing stereotyping, and anxiety about aging. Unfortunately, intergenerational friendships are rare. Intergenerational relationships reduce anxiety about aging and decrease stigma. It also reduces isolation and enhances a sense of belonging and civic responsibility for both groups.
Throughout human, history music has been a universal connector. Musical elements such as rhythm, melody, and lyrics create a shared experience. Music helps recall memories, inspire movement and dance, and regulate the nervous system.
Music has been shown to help reducing agitation, aggression, and anxiety, as well as increasing alertness in individual with dementia.
Numerous studies also have documented that Dementia patients retain music skills and music memory( a preserved memory of music) long after their other communication and cognitive skills diminish.
Music has the potential to improve the quality of life for both the person with dementia and caregivers. music therapy has been
There is also evidence of the effectiveness of auditory stimulation and pain reduction.
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) originated in the 1960s a s a modality of therapy. For Alzheimre's and dementia patients, DMT has proven highly effective.
By relying on movement and other nonverbal behavior as the primary means of communication, DMT de-emphasizes verbal language skills and cognitive deficits. This means that persons with Alzheimers disease and other dementias can participate in the group from a place of ability, rather than disability.
A 2003 study by Verghese et al. found that dance was the most effective leisure activity to contribute to the delay in onset of Alzheimer’s disease for people at risk.
Neurologist Peter Whitehouse (2008) suggested that exercise contributes to the development of new brain cells, and dance is likely to be the best form of exercise because it combines physical exertion with cognitive and social stimulation.
DMT catalyzes the motor action part of the brain into high gear, which also help individuals become alert, organized, and expressed.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO RESEARCH
1 in 5 people are expected to be 65 or older by 2035. The population of those 80+ is the fastest-growing segment of the total population than any other population and will more than triple from 5.7 million in 2010 to over 19 million by 2050.
The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will more than double between 2010 and 2050, from 5.1 million to 13.2 million. The direct cost of their care will soar from $172 billion to $1.1 trillion over that period.
There are no pharmaceuticals currently available that halt the disease, just five FDA-approved drugs that temporarily improve symptoms. But finding ways to delay the debilitating effects of AD would significantly reduce the costs of care.
This makes the therapeutic use of arts for older dementia patients an important issue for research from a public health perspective. Arts interventions are cost-effective, impose minimal risk, and are easily accessible, including for culturally diverse older adults and those with dementia.
Seeking grants/donation to conduct proper research, for any leads please email Julia@plantpals.org
Alzheimer’s Association, 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. March 2012; 8:131-168 and Alzheimer’s Association, 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, both available atwww.alz.org.