Improving Memory through Creativity

A Professional's Guide to Culturally Sensitive Cognitive Training with Older Adults

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Creativity stimulates older adults both mentally and emotionally and has numerous cognitive and social benefits. Providing culturally-sensitive strategies for improving memory through creativity, this timely book outlines innovative techniques and gives essential insight into effective clinical work in a world with an increasing number of diverse older adults and incidences of Alzheimer's disease. Amanda Alders Pike clearly explains how to structure sessions and use artistic creativity to improve memory, mood and socialization. She covers everything from how to introduce art materials and techniques, to how to enhance cross-cultural interaction. Graphs, charts, and tables illustrate how artistic creativity can parallel cognitive training to provide optimal benefits to a wide audience of older adults, and accompanying online material is provided for use in sessions and workshops.

£17.99
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Press reviews for: Improving Memory through Creativity

Nancy Tingey, Founder and Coordinator of Painting with Parkinson's, Churchill Fellowship project, 1996 - Art as a Therapy for Parkinson's

This is the book I've been waiting for. With one fell swoop Dr Amanda Pike has answered all the questions I've been asking for over 20 years while developing art programs for older people and observing the remarkable improvement in quality of life as they become absorbed in creative expression. Dr Pike argues her case lucidly and logically. She explores the scientific evidence in depth without overwhelming the reader. An essential handbook for all art facilitators.

Angel C. Duncan, M.A. MFT, ATR, Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida, and Ambassador for the American Art Therapy Association

Art therapy has often been labelled inaccurately in the health profession as a past-time, “arts and crafts” modality. Amanda Alders Pike's well written and promising book sets the record straight. Improving Memory through Creativity demonstrates how art and science come together, and how creativity is an essential component to neural development. An inspiring book that validates the importance of art, memory and quality of life.

Sarah Crockett, day care officer, activities provider, and author of Activities for Older People in Care Homes: A Handbook for Successful Activity Planning

This book deals with complex neurological concepts around ageing, cognitive impairment and creativity in a very readable way. The theoretical knowledge Amanda presents from her own research and experience, as well as an overview of current thinking is fascinating. Throughout she shows how information might be practically applied, and makes suggestions of how to use this in therapeutic art sessions with older adults. Rather than a recipe book Amanda's ideas are a springboard, I'm really excited to see where they will take me!

Angelika Welzel-Connolly

Journal of Mental Health

The use of graphs, photographs, charts, art work of participating older people make this book accessible, user friendly and a joy to read.

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