There was a recent news story about a Woodland Hills physician, Dr. Arnold Bresky, who calls himself a “preventive gerontologist.” He’s been utilizing art therapy for patients that have Alzheimer’s and dementia.
He claims he has achieved a 70% success rate with in improving his patient’s memories. Bresky claims that helping them to paint and draw reduces their memory loss.
Dr. Bresky calls his program a “Brain Tune Up” and says it’s a multi-disciplinary approach that also implements music. Bresky states that his art therapy program helps people with Alzheimer’s and dementia exercise their brains.
“The brain works through numbers and patterns,” Bresky says. “The numbers are on the left side of your brain, the patterns are on the right side. What I’m doing is connecting the two sides.”
“And we’re getting the brain to grow new cells. It’s called `brain plasticity.’ The brain changes physically to the environment.”
A few testimonials from some of Bresky’s patients (thanks to the Los Angeles Daily News) about Bresky’s Alzheimer’s art therapy program:
“I’ve been a patient of his for years, and I do his art therapy program all the time,” Yolanda Wood says. “I’m always drawing, and it’s helped me. It’s even helped me pass my driver’s license test.”
“The more I did this, the more I enjoyed it,” said Irene Kowalski.
“It got me concentrating, and I like that,” said Molly Morgan.
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