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By Diane Waller

Arts cures and innovative affliction is a advisor to using arts treatments within the therapy of sufferers with illnesses similar to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. within the previous couple of years arts cures were utilized in an more and more wide variety of functions with new teams of sufferers, akin to sufferers in palliative care, or with studying disabilities - Diane Waller has been a motive force in the back of this expansion.

This publication covers therapy reminiscent of paintings treatment, dance circulate remedy and tune remedy. as well as facing quite a lot of debilitating ailments, it makes a speciality of the problem of the care and remedy of dementia and the consequences on sufferers, carers and employees and the position of the humanities treatments in bettering the standard of existence for the expanding variety of sufferers who will unfortunately strengthen this distressing illness.

This generally centred, multi-disciplinary booklet may be of serious curiosity to arts therapists, arts remedy educators, clinical, social paintings and different employees who're involved to plan care plans for those sufferers and their kinfolk.

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8 Hans Castorp, in Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain, travels to a sanatorium high in the Swiss Alps to visit his cousin for three weeks, but stays for seven years. His waiting time is spent surviving the rarefied and extra mundane routine of daily life. 9 In psychological terms, a sense of self and social identity includes an understanding of where an individual fits into wider society. Manners and attitudes identify class differences, and dementia sufferers even into the final stages of the illness retain these.

Increasingly, it is an illness which is associated with a younger age group where it appears to follow a physical or mental trauma. I have in my mind vivid mental pictures of the suffering of a young soldier who, when dancing, suddenly stops, is rooted to the ground and cannot move. Only a few years before he had been on active service. The years in between have seen him pensioned out of the army, trying to adjust to a life where his limbs move unpredictably. His has low self-esteem because of a loss of fitness and libido.

But whereas we can understand this brutalising process in prisons and military bases, because it is based on what Foucault has identified as ‘punishment and control’,6 the context of the dementia sufferer is different. And because it is different it is more grotesque, because it is done gently and unconsciously, and regarded by the perpetrators as a kindness. At this point sociological explanations begin to fall apart, we are forced to sift through the images that come to mind, perhaps from Hieronymus Bosch or the concentration camps, or Kafka.

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