Why is Art Therapy so beneficial? Art stimulates the brain and can trigger long term memories. Studies have shown that participating in art therapy can have a dramatic effect on many individuals, whether they suffer from dementia, are undergoing medical treatment, or are just experiencing high levels of stress. Art allows for self-expression, boosts mood, and has been known to increase one’s sense of well being. Patients participating in a study reported decreased doctor visits, decreased falls, and decreased need for pain medication.
How can art benefit hospice patients? Participating in an art program can help manage behaviors, reduce stress, and increase socialization. Art allows patients to enjoy the experience and have a sense of accomplishment when completing a project. Besides, isn’t art simply fun?