When it comes to your elderly loved one, you might have to think outside of the box for things that might help them. For example, there is traditional talk therapy that your elderly loved one might benefit from. However, not everyone likes this type of therapy. Another option to replace this or in addition to talk therapy would be art therapy. There are many types of art therapy that might work for your elderly loved one.
One of the types of art therapy that your elderly loved one might like is painting. Putting paint onto a piece of paper or a canvas can make your elderly loved one feel so free. It can be a bit of a challenge, sure, but that is half the excitement. Whether your elderly loved one is working with an art therapist or with you or an elderly care provider, if they can follow the prompts they are being given, when completed, they can truly convey what they are feeling.
Using Chalk or Crayons
Your elderly loved one might want to use chalk or crayons to show how they are feeling, as well. There are so many different effects and outcomes that your loved one can get when using these drawing tools. In addition, many elderly people like to use these tools because it brings them back to happy memories from when they were a child
Making a Collage
Another great art therapy activity for your elderly loved one is making a collage. There are many different things that can be included into a collage. Your elderly loved one can use digital pictures, magazine images, or other materials to find photos. Someone can guide your elderly loved one in this activity. For instance, an elderly care provider might ask your loved one to make a collage of things they enjoyed in life. Your elderly loved one might find pictures of a trip, food, or other things that made them happy.
These are some of the different types of art therapy that might benefit your elderly loved one. While some people might be convinced that talking is the only way to solve problems, that is not always the case. In fact, many people have trouble talking through their emotions. However, art therapy can be another way for them to express themselves, open up to others, and overcome challenges in their life, as well.