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Could art therapy help people with Parkinson’s?
Author: Simge Eva DoganPublished: 4 October 2018
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A new study by US researchers will investigate the impact of art therapy on Parkinson’s motor symptoms.
The study – which will be conducted by researchers at the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, US – will focus on 40 participants, half of which have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The sessions will be led by professionals with a master’s degree in art therapy.
It is hoped the approach will help people with Parkinson’s restore functional independence and maintain a high quality of life.
Writing in the ‘Complementary Therapies in Medicine’ journal, the authors commented: “[Art therapy] could be used to improve impaired visuospatial functions in patients with PD, including visually-guided attention, shape recognition, motion perception, abstraction, sensory-motor integration, and hand-eye coordination.”
In addition, the researchers believe art therapy may help improve the emotional wellbeing of participants.
For more information on art therapy and Parkinson’s please visit the EPDA website.
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