When Words Have Lost Their Meaning: Alzheimer's Patients Communicate Through Art

Author(s) : Ruth Abraham

When Words Have Lost Their Meaning: Alzheimer's Patients Communicate Through Art

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  • Publisher : Greenwood Press
  • Published : 2004
  • Category :
    Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Catalogue No : 23558
  • ISBN 13 : 9780275979898
  • ISBN 10 : 027597989X
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Shows how art can provide people with Alzheimer's a way to express their thoughts and emotions, when they can no longer communicate well verbally and words have lost their meaning. Abraham believes it is our moral obligation to provide elders with this tool, lest they be prematurely deemed beyond interaction. The confidence and self-esteem of elders - and that of the people who love them - can be bolstered by art therapy. This is the first work demonstrating that art is not just a means of keeping people with Alzheimer's occupied, but a profound and symbolic method allowing them to communicate. This work includes more than 70 drawings and paintings by people with Alzheimer's, and case histories of the men and women who created the artworks.

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R Natas on 29/08/2006

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This was a very useful text for me when my mother was suffering from Alzheimers. It reads like a novel, in such clear language, and helped me understand a lot of my mothers bizarre behavior. The authors story of her struggle as a caregiver was so touching; it gave a humane side to this difficult illness.

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