Elderly Persons Disorders Category

ART THERAPY FOR SENIORS WITH ALZHEIMER'S

eniors facing early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s usually suffer from boredom, powerlessness, and loneliness. Therefore, art activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s should aim at improving their quality of life in the years they struggle with this disease. Art therapists working with this population focus on strengthening the remaining cognitive and physical abilities of elderlies instead of attempting to make changes or increase their mental and functional abilities. In this process, nonverbal communication through art making, making simple choices, and releasing emotions bring about a sense of pride and dignity; a feeling that Alzheimer’s disease gradually takes away.

To obtain more information about our individual and group art therapy services for seniors and our art therapy home services for seniors, please visit our website at www.montrealarttherapy.com

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Adult Development and Psychotherapy

I believe that adult development theory is not sufficiently emphasized in our psychology and counseling training schools. This is unfortunate, because I believe it offers a unique and helpful perspective to the task of psychotherapy. Because I wish to offer to prospective patients some idea of the importance of this topic, and how it can inform clinical practice, I offer below a synopsis of the theory and its development.

In a most fundamental sense, development in adulthood is about getting older. Traditional psychotherapy looks at how our adult emotional lives are rooted in childhood and infancy. But what happens when the child becomes an adult? Is adulthood only the unconscious reenactment of early childhood conflicts and traumas?

In the 1950s, famous author and psychologist Erik Erikson constructed a psychosocial, developmental model of the life cycle. He wrote numerous anthropological studies and psychobiographies in order to buttress his views. Drawing upon Sigmund Freud and Ka...

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Elder Abuse, Alzheimer’s and Our Aging Population

While taken seriously enough to be a legally reportable offense categorized alongside child abuse as either a misdemeanor or a felony - elder abuse does not seem to be taken as seriously by the public. Perhaps elders do not appear to be as helpless as children, but many times they are. And if helplessness is the yardstick, how does it account for the fact that domestic violence, which is not legally reportable, arouses more consternation and receives more attention and media coverage. Perhaps it’s because of national neglect in respecting, supporting and caring for elders in general. Whatever the explanation, elder abuse is on the rise and in the coming years will become pervasive due to an exploding elder population and the simultaneous increase in Alzheimer’s – a disease that ravages the mind and turns elders into confused, unruly and dependent children.

What constitutes Elder Abuse? It is the physical, sexual, emotional and/or financial abuse of older people (over ...

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Holiday Blues Busters

SEVEN HOLIDAY BLUES BUSTERS

1. Let go of commercialized images of the holidays.

2. Sleep, eat and drink normally; exercise; get extra exposure to light.

3. Think about what is making you blue. If it is stress-related, lower your expectations and do less. If it is emotional, allow yourself a specific time to dwell on your feelings, then resolve to try to move forward and focus on other things.

4. Think of one gift to give to yourself this holiday season, and allow yourself permission to make it happen.

5. Reach out for support—e.g. call a friend; invite someone you don’t know very well to have a cup of coffee; make peace with an estranged friend or relative.

6. Do something nice for someone else.

7. Practice gratitude.

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