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Creative Arts Therapies and Older Adults 

Creative Arts Therapies and Older Adults
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Creative Arts Therapies and Older Adults
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Cathy A. Malchiodi

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10.1093/med/9780199380862.003.0019
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date: 02 December 2020

This chapter provides brief definitions of the creative arts therapies (including art therapy, music therapy, and dance/movement therapy) as approaches to rehabilitation and psychosocial care in mental health and health care. It also summarizes best practices and current research on applications of the creative arts therapies with older adults and underscores the value of these approaches in sensory stimulation, neurehabilitation, and psychosocial care. Specific examples of applications for dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other common challenges encountered with older adult clients are provided to help readers understand the various strategies used by creative arts therapists engaged in complementary and integrative health care.

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