Memory recovery through art

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn artist Bridget Carr is using the act of creating art to help people with memory loss.

Mrs Carr, who is a facilitator for The Laura Fergusson Trust residential facility therapeutic art classes in Christchurch, is holding a free five-week therapeutic art class at the Rolleston Community Centre.

She said the sessions aim to encourage memory recall through the process of creating art.

“Everyone has a creative aspect, even if they haven’t focussed on art since school days. I believe the creative reawakening through art can be beneficial for those with memory loss.

“It is about keeping the brain active as the act of creation helps people to focus. The end work doesn’t really matter it is the act itself which is beneficial.”

She said the classes are beneficial not just to the elderly but anyone who has suffered memory loss, possibly through an accident.

“The classes will interest those who are keen to relax, enjoy, share experiences and socialise while stimulating the mind through creative expression.”

The sessions will take place at the Rolleston Community Centre on Thursdays from 1.30 to 2.30pm, beginning August 31, with the final class on September 28.

“Places are limited and we encourage those interested in attending to register by Wednesday, August 30. Depending on the uptake for the class, further sessions may be planned in Selwyn,” For more information or to register, people can contact Bridget Carr on 347 3577 or 021 248 4315.