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The creativity and happiness that art brings can make all the difference in the life of a loved one who’s been progressively in decline.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?


 Brain Heart.

My research into "How to use visual art as a corrective measure to memory loss" lead me into a dreadful medical condition that even medical personnels fuss over yet without a remedial end. I called it dreadful because there is no cure and no treatment that slows or stops its progression.Some risk factors for dementia, such as age and genetics, cannot be changed.

How I wish I can proffer Art solution to "Dementia...".It is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. It describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia which accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases, while Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as "senility" or "senile dementia," which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.

 symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of the following core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia: #Memory #Communication and language #Ability to focus and pay attention #Reasoning and judgment #Visual perceptionPeople with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or traveling out of the neighborhood.

At this point I thought to myself, how ignorant we've been to call our kids names like "Isi okpupu, Olodo, mumu (Nigerian Language) and all sorts, when they forgets & fail exams. If you or a loved one is experiencing memory difficulties or other changes in thinking skills, don't ignore them. See a #doctor soon to determine the cause. Professional evaluation may detect a treatable condition. And even if symptoms suggest dementia, early diagnosis allows a person to get the maximum benefit from available treatments and provides an opportunity to volunteer for clinical trials or studies. It also provides time to plan for the future.

Some of the most active areas of research in risk reduction and prevention of dementia disease include cardiovascular factors, physical fitness, and diet. Anything that damages blood vessels anywhere in your body can damage blood vessels in your brain, depriving brain cells of vital food and oxygen. You can help protect your brain with some of the same strategies that protect your heart. don't smoke; take steps to keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar within recommended limits; and maintain a #healthy weight. Mediterranean diet, also may help protect the brain. A Mediterranean diet includes relatively little red meat and emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish and shellfish, and nuts, olive oil and other healthy fats. While exercise may directly benefit brain cells by increasing #blood and #oxygen flow to the brain.Non-drug therapies can also alleviate some symptoms of dementia. Which is where Art comes into play.How does Art Therapy Enhances the Quality of Life for Dementia #Patients? Through the process of art therapy, relationships are built, empathy fostered, anxiety lessened, and a sense of mastery or control over their environment is developed. It’s a matter of discovering new ways to express yourself and communicate. Areas like Sensory Enhancement/ Relaxation can improve quality of life for those with cognitive impairment and their caregivers through the expressive arts and storytelling. Art therapy has proven to be a powerful tool for treating Alzheimer’s disease. More than giving patients something pretty to look at or an #exercise to keep them busy, it stimulates the brain. It stirs memories and can bring language back into the life of someone who struggles to speak.  It can inspire a person with limited speech to use a paintbrush to communicate, and it can lessen aggressive behavior. Art therapy won’t eliminate the illness, but it can stimulate the brain in a new direction.The creativity and happiness that art brings can make all the difference in the life of a loved one who’s been progressively in decline.


What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Drawing & painting execise

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Art therapy

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Tell us about your work experience:

My name is Sol Obiocha, I am a Creative entrepreneur, An Artist and educationist. I have been teaching for more than 10 years. Training both children and young adults. Using illustrations as a major tool for deeper understanding complex issues.

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Hi Sol,

Thank you for submitting your idea to the challenge.

Would you tell me more about the art therapy? Is this going to be a program?