Art Therapy Helps People with Dementia
SIMCOE — The relationship between art and aging is being explored in a new exhibit at the Norfolk Arts Centre in Simcoe.
Numerous pieces, including paintings, pottery and weavings, created in classes offered by the Alzheimer Society of Brant and of Haldimand and Norfolk for those with early to mid-stage dementia and their family members are part of the display, which opened with a reception on the weekend.
“I thought I was going to be really awful at it,” said Carole Lami of Brantford, whose large painting is entitled Joy.
“I’m going blind and I can’t read or cook anymore but I can see enough to do painting,” she said. “My husband, Dennis, … does art with me and we laugh a lot.”
Art therapist Coreen Gilligan said the point of the art classes isn’t about the end product or creating an exhibit.
“This is about the process,” she said.