Enhancing life with Alzheimer's : how the arts and art-making benefit persons with Alzheimer's Disease

dc.contributor.advisorAdejumo, Christopher O., 1959-en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBolin, Paul E.en
dc.creatorOsborn, Rachel Sunigaen
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-12T17:57:01Zen
dc.date.available2012-06-12T17:57:01Zen
dc.date.issued2012-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2012en
dc.date.updated2012-06-12T17:59:27Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this research was to determine if incorporating individualized arts and art-making activities into the caregiving of persons with Alzheimer's Disease would help to improve their overall quality of life. To answer this question, I conducted an eight-week qualitative case study of two persons with Alzheimer's Disease. I visited the patients and their caregivers in their homes, and facilitated the incorporation of arts and art-making activities into their caregiving. These activities included painting with watercolors and acrylic paints, sewing, dancing, listening to music, collage, craftwork, storytelling, and sharing past art experiences. As a result of participating in this case study, the two persons with Alzheimer's Disease experienced increased confidence and self-esteem, a positive means of communication and social engagement, an opportunity to be validated and valued as persons with a rich life history and valuable remaining talents, and they developed new physical and mental abilities.en
dc.description.departmentArt Educationen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5118en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5118en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectAlzheimer's Diseaseen
dc.subjectDementiaen
dc.subjectArten
dc.subjectArt-makingen
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen
dc.titleEnhancing life with Alzheimer's : how the arts and art-making benefit persons with Alzheimer's Diseaseen
dc.title.alternativeHow the arts and art-making benefit persons with Alzheimer's Diseaseen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentArt Educationen
thesis.degree.disciplineArt Educationen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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