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There is a growing body of evidence that art therapy for seniors has been shown to improve sociability and mood, reduce the risk of dementia, decrease agitation, depression, isolation, and improve the overall quality of life. Recent research conducted in Burlington with the UVM LCOM Public Health Program suggested that art appreciation and history sessions can have similarly beneficial effects while requiring less volunteer/caregiver time, equipment, and with a lower cost. I surveyed the art interventions available in New Milford, CT and found there were limited active art classes available and no art appreciation sessions. I presented an art appreciation session at the New Milford Senior Center for seniors and staff, with the aim of teaching staff so they could continue the sessions once my clerkship was done.
Primary Care at New Milford Hospital
art interventions, art history, seniors, Connecticut
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Gaffaney, Lauren, "Art Interventions for Seniors in New Milford, CT" (2019). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 436.