New British study proves the benefits of the Arts in treating patients with debilitating mental disease.

A soon-to-be-published study, Reawakening the Mind, has confirmed what we all knew to be true – the mind-body benefit of artistic stimulation. UK organisation Arts 4 Dementia offers statistical proof of the transforming power of the arts in treating patients suffering from memory loss. This latest discovery affirms the health benefits of arts therapies when applied to early dementia sufferers.

A sample group of 41 early dementia sufferers, aged between 66 and 91, participated in workshops in music, drama, poetry, dance, photography and painting. The study assessed the effectiveness of each arts activity in improving cognitive function and wellbeing.

Enhanced cognitive ability, stress relief, and a decrease in memory problems were just some of the reported benefits. With each individual participating in at least one activity, the 93 assessments were condensed into the following heartening findings:

  • 94% of people with dementia were energised, unstressed, happy and alert for at least 24 hours after an arts session.
  • 89% claimed to feel more confident.
  • 84% of people with dementia recognised that they had learned new skills.

As a result of the sessions 97% of patients recognised that creative activity overrides...

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