Discussions regarding art therapy for patients with neurodegenerative diseases have been increasing over the past 10 years.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Museum of Fine Arts Boston both have programs hosting Alzheimer’s patients, and medical institutions have incorporated art into their programs. Some doctors report a calmness in patients who view art. Others say that creating art has a soothing effect, while also helping doctors to understand what’s happening in their patients’ brains.
On May 31, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which has an art program, will host a lecture featuring Drs. Bruce Miller and Daniel C. Potts, both of whom are involved in using art to work with patients with brain disease. We spoke with Dr. Miller, a professor of neurology and director of the University of California, San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center.
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