As one would likely assume, people nearing the end of their life have a higher level of both physical and emotional distress. Moreover, nearly a quarter of all individuals at the end of their life further suffer from depression. While counseling and therapy help some of those people, a growing population have turned to artistic and musical therapy to help renew their sense of self and engage their bodies and minds in new and creative ways. The confidence that is instilled in these individuals through creative therapies provides those folks with an ambition to live of a fulfilling end of life stage. Equipped with the artistic and musical guidance, people create meaningful pieces that have proven to lead to a renewal of their sense of purpose. Through artistic and musical therapy, research has proven these approaches contribute to a peaceful journey into the last stages of life. Our population as a whole is aging, with elderly folks accounting for over 14.9% of the U.S. population and a projection for that number to double over the next 30 years. This research is crucial as more and more adults become caretakers for their aging and ill loved ones.
As one would likely assume, individuals nearing the end of their life have a higher level of both physical and emotional distress. Many people are turning to art and music therapy to find a sense of renewal, confidence, and peace in these times.
Very relevant work, Naomi, as we continue to improve as a society to be more inclusive and appreciative of our older generations, from whom we could learn so much. I remember when my dad was dying, whenever I played “oldies” from the 50’s/60’s, he would perk up and start to dance in his seat. It brightened both of our days. Thank you for this work.
This turned out great, Naomi! I like how simple but effective these therapies are.
Thank you very much, Dr. Starkey. I am glad that this work relates and resonates with your experiences. Our older generations truly must be understood though deeper, connective means.
Thank you, Keith! In my research, it definitely shows that simple is very important in geriatrics. I appreciate your comment.
You did a wonderful job Naomi. I’m very very proud of you
Beautiful posterboard! You did a great job presenting and had wonderful ideas for alternative therapies.