Art Therapy and Creative Aging: Reclaiming Elderhood, Health and Wellbeing

Author(s) : Raquel Chapin Stephenson

Art Therapy and Creative Aging: Reclaiming Elderhood, Health and Wellbeing

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 160
  • Category :
    Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Catalogue No : 95640
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367362256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367362

Reviews and Endorsements

Art Therapy and Creative Aging: Reclaiming Elderhood, Health and Wellbeing, by Dr. Raquel Chapin Stephenson, is an inspiring book that explores how the creative process can facilitate continuous growth - meaning and fulfillment - way into our old age. The book is rich in theory and technique for the practicing art therapist, while offering fascinating case illustrations from the author's clinical practice. Art Therapy and Creative Aging will be a rare treasure not only for art therapists but for all mental health professionals and caregivers for the elderly, as well as a more general audience interested in creativity in a lifespan context. - Ikuko Acosta, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT, clinical professor and director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program, New York University.

If you're tired of being inundated with the multitude of negative, hopeless tropes about aging and healthcare, let this uplifting, practical book flip that paradigm. True to Dr. Stephenson's ever hopeful and plainspoken presence, she expertly captures the joys of lifelong arts participation for older adults, their caregivers, and the professional artists who engage them. Threading personal recollection together with research and practice, the intersection of arts and health comes alive. This book isn't just for people with innate artistic ability. The teaching artist's kinship with imagination and improvisation frees us in older age from the limits of memory, bringing us renewed purpose, and closer to our most divine selves. Sparks abound! - Janine Tursini, director & CEO, Arts for the Aging, Inc.

A thorough insight into the empowering potential of creativity and the arts in older age, written with heartfelt warmth and respect. The stories of people involved in art therapy and the therapist's story are intertwined and linked to theoretical approaches and evidence from research. The book offers useful working methods including Expressive Therapies Continuum revised for the older people and people with dementia. Stephenson's interest in the developmental growth inherent in the aging and multifaceted relationships with the arts make this book a valuable reading resource also for a wider readership. - Eha Ruutel, PhD, professor of Creative Arts Therapies, Tallinn University.

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