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ERIC Number: ED263306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Expressive Therapists in Long-Term Care Settings.
Palmer, Mary Kay
Expressive therapists (in art, music, and dance) possess the techniques necessary for working with older adults who need assistance in making productive use of their leisure time. Therapeutic expressive activities for long-term care residents promote creativity, self-expression, communication, and understanding of oneself. The purpose of the activities refers to the therapeutic process of the art making; the person and the process become the most important aspect in therapy. In long-term care settings, expressive therapy is important as a means for residents' self-expression, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Progressive activity departments offer a variety of activities to meet residents' needs based on diagnoses. Motivating each resident individually to attend activities is vital when a resident lacks desire to continue his/her emotional or educational growth. The expressive therapist needs to (1) learn about the resident's background and special interests; (2) create an atmosphere of warmth, concern, sociability, and interesting activities; (3) explain the program and encourage questions; and (4) respect each resident's dignity, choice, and individual characteristics. (Appendixes contain four sample lesson/session plans.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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