How artistry can help Alzheimer’s patients

While Dr. Curtis Cripe and the NTL Group’s many methods of helping patients with neurological disorders utilize highly advanced technology, Dr. Cripe has managed to explore countless other ways in combating mental health issues.

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For this blog, Dr. Cripe explores just how artistry can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

First off, everyone has to know that not all of those who are in their twilight years have Alzheimer’s. Secondly, Alzheimer’s doesn’t only strike once a person reaches their twilight years. There have been some cases that the disease manifests itself much earlier in a person’s life, although it doesn’t happen as much as in seniors.

When a person develops Alzheimer’s, they experience memory loss and struggles to move the way they used to. This drop in motor function hampers a person’s daily routine, as the reduction in cognitive skills negatively affects their short and long-term memory.

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It is fortunate, however, that many researchers and scientists have found ways to keep the brain healthy enough to delay the progression of the disease. One of these ways is art therapy.

Combined with other forms of more traditional therapy such as occupational, physical, and speech therapies, art therapy has been found to stimulate the brain and in some cases, retrieve lost memories. Art therapy involves painting, sculpting, sketching, photography, as well as exposing one’s self to artwork in museums. It can also overlap with music therapy, which is, of course, another form of art.

While art therapy isn’t a form of cure, it does have its benefits. And when battling mental health diseases, every little bit helps.

Dr. Curtis Cripe is the head of research and development at the NTL Group. He has published two peer-reviewed papers and wrote two book chapters on neurotherapy and neuroengineering. For related posts, visit this blog.

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