As care specialists, we understand the need for appropriate and adequate sensory stimulation for Dementia/ Parkinsons disease patients. However, when we meet people of various professional /social/economic backgrounds, I notice a certain apprehension about understanding the relevance of one of the modalities: Tactile Stimulation, which basically involves relating to your sense of touch. Various textures, sizes and shapes like smooth, rough, hard, soft, furry etc. can be used for this activity. The sense of touch also includes the differentiation and recognition of temperature, pain, and body position.
Dance movement therapy is aimed towards the holistic growth and development of the individual through the integration of various aspects of functioning. It helps the individual to take every step in a very creative and simple way.
According to the American Dance Therapy Association (1970), dance movement therapy is defined as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.” People with dementia-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s experience anxiety, frustration and fear, along with physical changes, as memory loss progresses.
Visual art therapy involves using different mediums such as paint, clay, chalk and photography to create something that the participant can use to express themselves easily. Research has shown that encouraging people who are living with dementia to take part in regular creative activities significantly enriches and improves their quality of life, helping many to live well with their condition.
How does one embrace an aging body ? How indeed. Memories of youth come in the way. Memories of when running was easy and fun. Kicking a ball and running after it was fun. Future held promise and dreams were dreamt. There was a thick shock of hair to be styled, muscles to be exercised, skills to be mastered. Memories were to be made and not to be lived in.