By Diane Waller
Arts cures and revolutionary sickness is a advisor to using arts cures within the therapy of sufferers with ailments equivalent to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. within the previous couple of years arts cures were utilized in an more and more wide variety of purposes with new teams of sufferers, similar to sufferers in palliative care, or with studying disabilities - Diane Waller has been a motive force at the back of this expansion.
This ebook covers remedy akin to paintings remedy, dance move treatment and tune remedy. as well as facing quite a lot of debilitating ailments, it specializes in the difficulty of the care and remedy of dementia and the results on sufferers, carers and employees and the function of the humanities remedies in bettering the standard of existence for the expanding variety of sufferers who will unfortunately boost this distressing illness.
This generally targeted, multi-disciplinary booklet may be of serious curiosity to arts therapists, arts treatment educators, scientific, social paintings and different employees who're involved to plan care plans for those sufferers and their relations.
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This results in stiﬀness in the muscles, slowness of movement, diﬃculty when starting movements, and, in some patients, tremor. This in turn will set up other problems: cognitive impairment, diﬃculty with skill learning and depression. These factors will interfere with comprehension and motivation. Patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease at post-mortem have Lewy bodies, round concentric inclusions which are found in the substantia nigra (Marsden, 1994). The term Parkinsonism is used for patients who have similar disabilities, yet may not necessarily have Lewy bodies at post-mortem.
There is a decrease in spontaneous movement, so that when movement does take place it is slow. As the activity takes place, the slowness is reduced. At the beginning of movement akinesia (loss of movement) is marked and so the patient ‘freezes’. Akinesia and bradykinesia lead to a variety of symptoms and signs, which are dependent on the body part. Falls are common and balance is impaired, although gait disturbance and falling are not prominent early symptoms of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. The patient does not swallow as often and so the saliva collects.
The changes in posture lead to a lack of stability and poor communication (Bull, 1987). Changes in posture play a large part in communication and conversation. In conversation and social interaction unconscious movements reﬂect feelings and responses. Postural changes give messages to other people. Verbal communication is unconsciously inﬂuenced by postural changes in others. The disease progression leads to sideways lean. The chin may be slumped forward on to the sternum. There may be an inability to stay upright.