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When Words Have Lost Their Meaning

Alzheimer's Patients Communicate Through Art

By Ruth Abraham, 1943-

Therapist Abraham shows how art can provide people with Alzheimer's disease a way to express their thoughts and emotions, when they can no longer communicate well verbally and words have lost their meaning. Abraham believes it is our moral obligation to provide elders with this tool, lest they be prematurely deemed beyond interaction. The confidence and self-esteem of elders—and that of the people who love them —can be bolstered by art therapy. And this is the first work demonstrating that art is not just busy work for those with Alzheimer's, but a profound and symbolic method allowing them to communicate. This work includes more than 70 drawings and paintings by people with Alzheimer's, and case histories of the men and women who created the artworks.

Art activities, with a significant therapeutic relationship, can especially increase quality of life for people with Alzheimer's, particularly during the seven-year relatively stable period of the illness. Psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and health care workers will also find this work especially valuable and insightful.

Format

Book

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1 available at Main (Downtown)
  • 616.83106515 Abr, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2005

ISBN

027597989X


Format: Book
Author: Abraham, Ruth, 1943-
Title: When words have lost their meaning : Alzheimer's patients communicate through art / Ruth Abraham.
Publisher Date: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2005.
Subject: Alzheimer's disease Art therapy Alzheimer's disease Art therapy
Isbn: 027597989X (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 616.83106515 Abr
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Bib Id: 231804

Format: Book
Author: Abraham, Ruth, 1943-
Title: When words have lost their meaning : Alzheimer's patients communicate through art / Ruth Abraham.
Publisher, Date: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2005.
Description: xiv, 192 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Alzheimer's disease
Subjects: Art therapy
Subjects: Alzheimer's disease
Subjects: Art therapy
Notes: Incudes bibliographical references (p. [181]-185) and index.
LCCN: 2004053438
ISBN: 027597989X (alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 616.83106515 Abr