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Nat'l Gallery of Australia holds art therapy tours for elderlys

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08-01-2014 00:41 BJT

An initiative by an Australian art gallery is helping Alzheimer's sufferers revive memories, and reconnect with the world, through art appreciation. Patients in Canberra are recuperating, thanks in part to art therapy. 

For these elderly people, the paintings on the walls act as windows to another time and place. The group of aged care residents have ventured to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, to reflect and remember. They're on one of the gallery's weekly art therapy tours for Alzheimer's sufferers.

"A work of art, I think by its very nature, asks people to engage, to inquire, to interpret," said Adriane Boag, National Gallery of Australia.

According to the guides who run the tour, art can also help aged care residents overcome the isolation that often accompanies dementia. Carers and art educators discuss and interpret a range of works with Alzheimer's sufferers.  Participants are invited to look, describe, interpret and make connections with the past.

An initiative by an Australian art gallery is helping Alzheimer

An initiative by an Australian art gallery is helping Alzheimer's sufferers revive memories, and reconnect with the world, through art appreciation.

"I think it is about provoking memories within the residents and that then lends to opportunities for them to express those emotions and those memories, and engage with the other residents as well as the educators," said Robyn Boyd from Goodwin Aged Care Service.

The Alzheimer's art tours have been running for seven years, and are attracting increasing international interest, as more galleries around the world launch arts therapy initiatives. Boyd says she's delighted with the benefits to the patients.

An initiative by an Australian art gallery is helping Alzheimer

An initiative by an Australian art gallery is helping Alzheimer's sufferers revive memories, and reconnect with the world, through art appreciation.

"Really great outcomes for our residents, so a reduction of anxiety and distress within our residents living with dementia, also higher levels of social engagement," Robyn Boyd said.

According to Alzheimer's Australia, there are more than 330,000 dementia sufferers in Australia, with more than 1,700 new cases diagnosed each week. And as Australia's population ages, programmes like this could become increasingly important.

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