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Integrating Nature into Group Art Therapy Interventions for Clients with Dementia

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Integrating Nature into Group Art Therapy Interventions for Clients with Dementia

McMaster, Meghan (2013) Integrating Nature into Group Art Therapy Interventions for Clients with Dementia. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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The aim of this intervention research is to examine the mental health needs of people living with dementia in long-term care facilities and to explore how nature and art therapy can be used to creatively respond to these needs. This paper explores the possible benefits and adaptations for this population utilizing art therapy methods and materials that make use of nature or natural materials as well as the practice of therapeutic gardening. Further suggestions for how nature and art can be integrated for projects with people who have dementia are also discussed. Using an intervention methodology, this research was conducted by synthesizing various published sources on dementia, long-term care facilities, horticulture, and art therapy. The author's own experiences with art, gardening, and the clientele have also informed the research.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:McMaster, Meghan
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:29 August 2013
Keywords:dementia, art therapy, intervention, elderly, gardening, nature
ID Code:978027
Deposited By: MEGHAN MCMASTER
Deposited On:29 Nov 2013 19:47
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 19:29
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