"Research undertaken by Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt has uncovered evidence, stretching back a number of decades, which shows a significant association between engaging with the arts and longer lives better lived. Under the auspices of the Cultural Value Project – initiated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the UK's main academic funder in the field – Dr. Gordon-Nesbitt has compiled an evidence base comprised of fifteen longitudinal studies."...Read More
"My images are an expression of my relationship with my chronic illness. For over 40 years, I have lived with a type of inflammatory arthritis known as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). This disease has given me both unexpected gifts and much aggravation over those years. From it, I’ve used my pain to create art. But before I explain my story further, I’d like to talk about you"...Read More
"When stroke or dementia compromise faculties as basic as language and movement, life can spiral downward into lonely isolation. But salvation sometimes appears in the guise of a familiar dance tune or well-loved hymn. Music is proving to be an exceedingly complex stimulus that may bypass damaged higher brain centers to stir underlying sources of motor control, memory, and emotion. When the music begins, we may one day hear the silenced sing and see the stilled begin to dance"...See More
"Federico Bitti first experienced symptoms of Focal Dystonia in his neck in 2005. Federico tried medication and Botox injections. Although Doctors recommended brain surgery, Federico said no. Federico is now working wit therapist, Joaquin Farias to try a new treatment for focal dystonia, uitilising exercises to retrain the body to overcome dystonia.
One day, while taking a walk and listening to music, Federico realized his movements were better with music playing. Together Federico and Joaquin have discovered the power of music in helping Federico to overcome his dystonia. For Federico Bitti, the arts has done what conventional medicine alone, could not"...See More
"Paint brushes and IV tubes may not seem to have much in common, but the arts are increasingly touted as a form of healing that can be as relevant to a patient’s well-being as medication. And nearly half the health care institutions in the U.S. have implemented arts programs.
Laura Miller, a former oncology nurse who lives in Toledo, Ohio, discovered the healing power of the arts firsthand. A year and a half after donating one of her kidneys to her brother, Miller was diagnosed with cancer in her other kidney. After the initial shock of her diagnosis, she turned to an art form that she had been practicing since childhood: painting"...Read More
"In January 2011 a group of female Elders from Nanaimo Travellers Lodge began to work with certified drama therapist Kayte Summers. Kayte has over 35 years experience in the acting world, including instructing, directing and leading drama therapy groups. Nanaimo Travellers Lodge was fortunate enough to have Kayte spend time with the Elders over a period of several weeks.
Drama Therapy Drama therapy allows for the Elders with dementia to connect with their emotions using tactical moments and interaction with objects and each other. The official definition of Drama Therapy is the intentional planned use of the healing aspects of drama in the therapeutic process"...Read More
"Brian Jantz marched down the hallway of the hospital with his guitar, accompanying a 4-year-old oncology patient with a maraca and a drum. He remembers they were singing their own creative version of "Itsy Bitsy Spider."
The girl had been anxious about an upcoming X-ray, he said, and resisted going to the procedure. Hospital staff paged Jantz to help. He kept the music going even on the elevator; the girl's parents, a nurse and a child-life specialist sang, too.
"I'm not completely sure that she realized when it was happening ... because before you knew it, we were back on the elevator, back in the room, and the music just continued straight through," Jantz said"...Read More