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Based on Gottlieb-Tanaka's dissertation and aims to explore the physical environment and links it to the level of success of creative expression programs for seniors with mild cognitive impairment to moderate dementia. It focuses on the circumstances that enhance or limit the seniors' ability to express themselves creatively. Understanding the physical, cognitive and social abilities of this population helps define the strategies for designing the shape and form of the physical environment.
This book is based on Gottlieb-Tanaka's dissertation and aims to explore the physical environment and the level of success of creative expression programs for seniors with mild cognitive impairment to moderate dementia. It focuses on the circumstances that enhance or limit the seniors' ability to express themselves creatively. Understanding the physical, cognitive and social abilities of this population helps define the strategies for designing the shape and form of the physical environment.
With appropriate architectural planning and design, such environments have the potential to attract seniors with dementia to stay in the space and become engaged in creative expression activities. But the space alone is not enough to engage the seniors. Success in implementing a creative expression program is linked strongly with an understanding of the seniors’ physical and cognitive abilities and with the commitment of the facilitator to adopt a flexible approach to each individual.
This book is based on qualitative research conducted with seniors at two adult day care centres. It will be of interest to health professionals, architects and designers, care providers, administrators of care facilities and families of people with dementia.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION
Overview of the Research Problem
CHAPTER II: LITERATURE REVIEW
The Therapeutic Environment
Current Arts-Based Programs
New Directions for Research and Implications for Practical Implementation
Emerging Approaches to Creativity Research
Other Perspectives on Creativity and Expression
The Meaning of Creativity, Gaps in Information
How Seniors with Dementia Experience Everyday Creativity within the Aging Process
CHAPTER III: METHODS
Ethics in Research
CHAPTER IV: UNDERSTANDINGS DERIVED THROUGH INQUIRY
Themes That Emerged from the Literature Review
Design Principles for a Therapeutic Environment
Physical Changes to the Environment and the Users' Response to Them
Summary of Understandings Based on the Inquiry
CHAPTER V: DISCUSSION
Reviewing the Themes
Reviewing the Design Principles
Reviewing the Understandings Reached
Questions for Future Inquiry and Closing Comments
The Overall Significance of the Thesis
“This research makes new and important contributions to the diverse fields of expressive arts therapy, psychology of the aging, and universal architectural design. It is an ambitious multi-disciplinary work that pioneers new areas in need of further study and research.
The dissertations’ outstanding feature is its focus on how the design of the physical space supports and hinders therapeutic, creative, and general quality of life outcomes. The overall content and presentation of pages 115 through 171, the core of the truly original research, is especially impressive. The summaries of principles and discoveries according to artistic modalities and more general design concepts offer important guides to expressive arts therapists and professionals from every discipline working with aging people. The visual/graphic quality of the presentation is engaging and notable. There is a tremendous need in all areas of education, health and human service to understand more about how spatial and architectural features of environments influence human communication, relationships and well-being. The lack of attention that has been given to this important domain no doubt results from the scarcity of researchers with the ability to combine the fields of architecture, interior design, expressive arts therapy, and psychology. Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka has the relatively unique ability and vision required to pursue this line of integrative inquiry and ultimately achieve credible and useful outcomes.”