Research has shown that life review art activities are valuable approaches to improve the mental and physical health of older adults. Family Story Kits can be an integral part of a patient’s therapeutic treatment during recreation therapy. Family Story Kits are made to enhance emotional, social, cognitive and memory abilities as the kits address alternative methods of expression for thoughts and feelings. No Art or Writing Experience Necessary!
Clients and patients in nursing homes, assisted living centers and any other type of residential communities will value the artistic style of Life Review with Family Story Kits, which are used as Therapeutic Projects and Recreation Therapy. No Art or Writing Experience Necessary!
“A life review,” according to Erik Erikson, “can help create an acceptance of one's one and only life cycle with few or no regrets. It does this by helping individuals integrate memories into a meaningful whole, and to provide a harmonious view of past, present, and future (Clayton, 1975).”
Using Family Story Kits to allow Veterans to tell their stories in a supported environment of recreation therapy using visual arts to illustrate their past as Therapeutic Projects. No Art or Writing Experience Necessary!
Family Story Kits were created by Susan Rosano, MA, Expressive Art Therapist, Consultant and Educator. They were used to help senior citizens embark on the journey of life review with great success and appreciation from patients and their families and friends.
Family Story Kits can be fun and memory provoking projects at any Senior Center. They can be used in a recreation therapy class setting with a community of people all working on their projects together. No Art or Writing Experience Necessary!
Family Story Kits can be used in any type of recreation therapy situation, giving clients the opportunity to artistically explore their lives through art making and storytelling while creating Therapeutic Projects. No Art or Writing Experience Necessary!
Use Family Story Kits as a vehicle for recreation therapy life review with hospice patients and their families. Studies looking at Therapeutic Projects as valuable life review have shown that it can improve mood, support a sense of purpose and meaning, strengthen a patient's connection with family and friends and bolster a feeling that life has been a worthwhile journey. No Art or Writing Experience Necessary!