Alzheimer's and Art: Neurologist Gains Insight from Father's Journey

Dr. Daniel Potts noticed the connecting ability that fine arts have on older adults who have Alzheimer’s with their families and communities while being the primary caretaker for his father, Lester Potts. Expressive arts like drawing, painting, music, dancing, drama, and storytelling can validate the person in the present and helps them pull their life stories into the present. “A rich, stimulating environment is so important to all of us, lifelong,” said Dr. Potts. Many day programs for older adults have incorporated arts into their day-to-day activities, but it’s also accessible to people who are caring for loved ones at home.
Northeastern Mississippi Daily Journal