Dementia and Creativity

Researchers believe that as a brain is being progressively affected by dementia, many people maintain the drive to be creative. In addition, studies have shown that engaging in creative activities can provide benefits by relieving stress and improving creativity and resilience. This suggests a link between social and creative activities and the preservation of cognitive functions. Creative activities are not only enjoyable to the person engaging in them, they are social activities that strengthen social ties among participants.

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Creative activities offer a multitude of benefits for the person with dementia. From offering opportunities for self-expression to the joy of partaking in meaningful activities like discussion art, historical objects or other museum-related subjects and creating work of their own in response to what they have seen, creative experiences can be empowering and enjoyable.