Daily Archives: July 18, 2006

Art fights Alzheimer’s Assisted-living center uses painting to stir imaginations of dementia patients

Art fights Alzheimer’s – Newsday.com

Newsday Staff Writer

July 16, 2006

Norman Davidson’s memories are like the scenic watercolors he creates: moments frozen in the instant, imbued with the color of his sentimental interpretation.

The Bronx native learned to paint as a boy. Now, the gentle, 81-year-old man is caught in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease, incurable and devastating, and he slowly loses his memories.

Nothing has slowed his decline. But to cope with the fits of frustration that are part of the condition’s terrain,

Davidson has returned to his painting, this time as a form of therapy.

“It brings me back to my teenage years, when I used to do sculptures and stuff like that,” Davidson said recently outside his apartment at Bristal Assisted Living in North Woodmere. “My father also was an artist; we had a good relationship. But I taught myself.” Continued here

Qld flying doctor recruits art therapist for outback communities

Qld flying doctor recruits art therapist for outback communities. 17/07/2006. ABC News Online

Last Update: Monday, July 17, 2006. 1:00pm (AEST)Queensland’s Royal Flying Doctor Service is using an innovative technique to help improve the emotional well-being of rural and remote communities.

The service has employed its first ever art therapist to work with men, women, adolescents and children.

Sue Sweeney has taken up a job with the service’s mental health team in Longreach after working with the United Nations and in Sydney hospitals supporting cancer sufferers.

She says art therapy has a range of benefits.

“Art therapy is a very gentle way of working.

“The pressure is off people to have to talk so I think it enables them to explore how they are feeling and what’s going on, and being able to bring it out in a different way which perhaps isn’t as confronting as having to sit down and talk about how you’re feeling.”