Residents at Killarney Court enjoyed their first art therapy session on Friday, 23rd June, led by art therapist and Founder of The Vibrant Journeyer, Lisa McArthur-Edwards. The session was the first in a six-part program that will use different mediums over the next three months.
The residents recreated Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” in the first session. They all did an amazing job, and the session was a great success.
“The residents were really engaged in the activity,” said Rachelle Thomas, Activities Assistant at Killarney Court. “They were able to express themselves creatively and connect with each other in a meaningful way.”
The art therapy sessions are designed to help residents improve their cognitive function, reduce stress and increase social interaction. They are also a great way for residents to express themselves creatively and have fun.
“I really enjoyed the art therapy session,” said resident Joan Christensen. “It was a great way to relax and express myself. I’m looking forward to the next session.”
The next art therapy session will be held on Friday, 7th July. The medium for that session will be cardboards, papers and magazines that will be used to make delicatecollages of birds with fine details and colours.
Benefits of Art Therapy
Art therapy is a type of therapy that uses art as a way to express emotions, thoughts, and experiences. It can be beneficial for people of all ages, but it is especially helpful for seniors.
Some of the benefits of art therapy for seniors include: