Art Therapy with Older Adults

Introduction (7 min., 13 sec.)
Irene Rosner-David, Judith A. Rubin

Beyond Words (12 min., 5 sec.)
Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D., ATR-BC
Sponsored by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.

“I recommend this to all who participate in the treatment of older adults.”
Irene Jakab, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University

This film demonstrates the many ways in which art therapy can enrich and give meaning to the later years; and can affirm the wisdom and self-awareness that comes to those who have lived a full life, and have developed the capacity to manage a multitude of challenges. Art therapy can also help older adults to cope with the inevitable psychological problems that accompany aging, especially when illness and disability have taken a toll.

Anna Shafer & Her Art (9 min., 46 sec.)
Georgiana Jungels, MA, ATR-BC
85-year-old Anna Shafer describes her drawings, and explains what they mean to her in a charming film about a creative older adult.

Excerpts from:

Portrait of Pleasure Endeavors (4 min., 12 sec.)
Wendy Miller, Ph.D., ATR-BC
In a hospital art program for the elderly, visiting artists and art therapists help patients make paintings and sculpture.

Make Your Mark With Art (6 min.)
Lesley Achitoff, MPS, ATR
In this arts program at Bellevue Hospital Medical Center, patients create “Wheel Art,” using their wheelchairs to make t-shirt designs.

Total Running Time: 38 minutes, 24 seconds

Copyright 2008


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