Horse Therapy/Equine Therapy
Equine therapy for the elderly is a very effective healing method for individuals. The bond produced when the suffering individual feeds and grooms the horse can heal emotional and mental wounds reliably.
This therapy also allows the aged patient to develop coordination and timing accompanied by respiratory control. The neurological systems of the patient are also cured such that each elderly can enjoy a daily functional life.
The patient can get rid of depression and anxiety while gaining self-confidence as well as improving non-verbal communication. A sense of isolation is reduced while enabling them to tackle greater challenges in life. A patient can even learn how to groom and feed while talking about his or her feelings with the designated licensed therapist. Eventually, the ability of the senior citizen to conquer fear is achieved, and physical demands of growing older are met appropriately.
Certified art therapists are specially educated on all the ways to use art to improve quality of life for the clients. They will create programs using many different mediums to allow their clients the therapy they need. Utilizing things like paints, pens or markers, collage, watercolours or even clay for sculpture and flower arranging are all ways for seniors to express themselves through art. While not every art session will raise a dramatic memory or involve an emotional breakthrough, it will still provide a fun and interesting way for seniors to relax and express themselves.
- Promoting self-awareness and self-expression
- Facilitating socialisation and communication
- Improving cognitive skills and providing intellectual stimulation
- Reducing boredom
- Improving physical/motor skills
- Decreasing stress and depression
Let’s face it, just because one is old does not mean that you have to stay indoors and not enjoy a trip to exciting places. Seeing the same family members every day, never going anywhere different or meeting new people, takes the drive out of a person.
Research has shown there is a strong connection between the lack of social interaction and health, as well as the effects it may have on life satisfaction and the quality of life. All that being said, this is the first of several posts which will explore activities geared towards enriching the lives of the elderly people we care for.
In addition to the physical benefits of natural sunlight and fresh air, being outside provides mental and emotional benefits. Getting out enables elders to socialise with new people, and many outdoor activities provide opportunities for interacting with children and animals. Such activities can give people an extra spring in their step and rejuvenate them.
Under the careful guidance of our trainer, clients get to create their own handicraft masterpieces. From beaded ornaments and decorative items to cute key chains, the elderly let their creative juices flow as they discover nimbleness in their hands beyond their expectations.