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

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

by Ruth AbrahamRuth Abraham


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Therapist Abraham shows how art can provide people with Alzheimer's disease 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. And this is the first work demonstrating that art is not just busy work for those with Alzheimer's, 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.

Art activities, with a significant therapeutic relationship, can especially increase quality of life for people with Alzheimer's, particularly during the seven-year relatively stable period of the illness. Psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and health care workers will also find this work especially valuable and insightful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275979898
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 0.50(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

About the Author

RUTH ABRAHAM is a Senior Lecturer in Art Therapy for a Post Graduate Program in the Beit Berl College School of Art in Israel. She maintains a private practice as an art therapist with children and adults. For eight years she worked as an art therapist in a center for dementia patients. In her spare time she continues to paint and write.

Table of Contents


Getting to Know the Alzheimer's Patient

Does Art Therapy Really Help?

The Therapeutic Hour: A Practical Guide

Theoretical Perspectives

Portraits: Three Case Studies

Promoting Art Therapy

A Personal Story



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