Dementia and stroke : art therapy with geriatrics in rehabilitation centre in Singapore

Widharta, Matthew Nicholas Marco-Berty (2012) Dementia and stroke : art therapy with geriatrics in rehabilitation centre in Singapore. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Dementia and stroke : art therapy with geriatrics in rehabilitation centre in Singapore

All of us are going through the aging process, some are faster, some are slower, but we’re certainly not getting younger by each ticking second. In addition to that a long lifespan may or may not mean a measurement of happiness. Therefore, perhaps a good life can mean that someone can spend his or her moments well and remembering the good and the bad times altogether. Hence, the statements were the base of why the researcher’s particular interest about the combination of geriatrics and arts to boost memory. Moreover, Anderson (2001) as cited in Kapitan (2010), believes that when an art therapist is doing a research based on his or her own interest, he or she is helping the advance of the collective understanding of art therapy, contributing to the knowledge base of the field, and furthermore, helping in improving the client care, quality and efficacy of art therapy in the workplace (p.3). Therefore, this is the second reason why the interest in the topic of the dissertation. The researcher was hoping that by focusing on his interest, perhaps this study can be beneficial for future research and for the future generation. The research is done to explore and observe the use of art therapy as part of the geriatrics in a rehabilitation centre in Singapore. Bailey (1991) as cited in Kapitan (2010), believes that a good research questions has the elements of why this will be a contribution to the art therapy field, the who cares about it and therefore what is the follow up steps, it can be identified by specific variables and addressing the questions of cause and effect, discovery of meaning, and an in-depth understanding of a specific condition or perspective, the research can be done with available various resources, and lastly, it has participants where the research can be performed appropriately (p.7). The objective is to find out an answer to my research question of “How the creative process helps client with dementia and stroke for healing and hope?” The art therapy sessions will function as a therapeutic tool and a mental chart that is a reflection of their mental health. In addition, the purpose is also to form a mental bridge that provides a space for a therapeutic tool and a mental bridge that provides a space for a therapeutic relationship with the client that could address the client’s emotional and psychological issues. The directive and non-directive art therapy sessions also function as a medium for expression by using images that allows communication between the client and the art therapist intern in a non-verbal manner.
Moreover, art therapy will act as a possible catalyst to acknowledge what has happened and what is happening in client’s life span. The scope of the study is English speaking elderly Singaporean who has been admitted in the rehabilitation centre for the elderly setting. The research was done in a qualitative case study because it allows an in-depth understanding and analysis of the process of each individual client. The dissertation will be supported with two qualitative case studies of Chinese elderly with dementia and stoke. It will be followed up with further discussions and analysis of the art therapy sessions, art making process, and the clients’ artworks.

Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 02:10
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 02:10

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