Greens at Greenwich uses creative arts therapy

Maria Scaros-Mercado, Executive Director at The Greens at Greenwich, is using what’s known as creative arts therapy to transform the conventional aspects of assisted living.

“Using music, art, drama and dance/movement as part of a therapeutic activity program is essential. Older adults, especially those with memory impairment, may not be able to express feelings of isolation and sadness in words, which can lead to depression and despair,” Ms. Scaros-Mercado explained. “Using the arts in unique ways can transform their moods, outlook and feelings. Utilizing their innate creativity in the here-and-now can make the difference between not wanting to get up in the morning and looking forward to the day.”

Creative arts therapy is not meant to be a diversional activity; it is goal oriented, purposeful and person centered.

“In drama therapy we utilize improvisation to embellish their stories. Often, meaningful objects are used to stimulate memories. These can include a pair of baby shoes or family photographs. Old roles of mother, father, child or professional are revisited,” Ms. Scaros-Mercado explained.

Music therapy also awakens emotions. The blues, for example, express feelings that resonate with older adults, who start singing again.  With dance/movement therapy, movement is used to awaken emotions, understanding that the body has memories as well as the mind. There’s no right or wrong in the dance or the movement.

Art therapy releases self-expression and memory through tactile and visual stimulation. Personal histories are revealed through color, line and texture. Art, music, dance/movement and drama therapy encourage a sense of play and joy, causing actual changes in the brain’s chemistry.

“I’ve 30 years of experience in creative arts therapies and I know how effective it is. I’m thrilled to bring it to The Greens at Greenwich,” Ms. Scaros-Mercado said.

The Greens at Greenwich is located at 1155 King Street. More information is available at 203-531-5500.

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