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Cognitive decline and art

Dec 08, 2022

Cognitive decline and art

Cognitive decline and art are often thought of as two distinct entities, but in reality, they are inextricably linked. Art can be a powerful tool for individuals suffering from cognitive decline, providing a creative outlet that can help to both reduce stress and stimulate the brain.

Regular participation in creative activities, such as painting, drawing, and sculpting, can help to improve overall cognitive functioning.


Physicallycreating art can improve fine motor skills and visual-spatial abilities.

Emotionally, art can be a source of comfort and fosters emotional expression. It provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment, boosts self-esteem, and improves mood, while also providing an enjoyable way to pass the time.

Mentally, it can help to improve problem-solving skills, focus, concentration, and memory. For those suffering from cognitive decline, art can be a valuable tool for maintaining cognitive functioning.

Socially, if done in a group setting, art can also provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which to interact with others.