09 Jan AltaMed PACE Art Therapy Helps Seniors Brush Up on Better Health

Each week, seniors brush away stress and ailments with a dose of art therapy taught by world-renowned Chicana artist Yolanda Gonzalez. A native Angeleno, Gonzalez lends her talents to teach seniors in AltaMed Health Services’ Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) how to paint and create their own ceramic masterpieces.

For seniors, art therapy can also help restore functioning and a general sense of well-being. According to the American Art Therapy Association, 78% of art therapists report working with older adults on a regular basis. For seniors who are managing daily pain from chronic conditions or even those suffering from memory loss due to dementia, art therapy helps sharpen the mind while also promoting dexterity. Additionally, many art therapy programs are conducted in a social atmosphere, which allows seniors a chance to continue to build connections and relationships with others.

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