Coloring Book – Autumn Colors
Colouring book range can help to engage, stimulate and relax someone living with dementia. This unique selection of books was designed from the ground up alongside people with dementia and contain clear designs as well as sample imagery to support the individual with dementia. This book contains 15 images related to autumn.
Activity is appropriate:
- for people with mild to moderate dementia
- as an independent activity or activity
- as an prevention activity
Key product benefits:
- relaxes and calms
- enhances executive functions: a sense of choice and control
- promotes communication
- encourages manual skills, observation, attention and concentration
- allows you to recall memories
- consolidates the sense of an individual’s identity
Artistic activities such as dancing, singing, painting, clay molding, playing on instruments, etc. promote creativity, strengthen positive self-esteem, relax and recharge us. When a person is unable to perform daily tasks independently because of weakened cognitive abilities, he needs somebody else's help.
Also, if the activity cannot be completed in its entirety, but only a certain part, it strengthens and preserves the abilities and creates a sense of competence and satisfaction.
Coloring is a simple activity with which we can strengthen several areas in the person with dementia: visual perceptions, sensorimotor skills and attention.
Sensomotoric activities strengthen visual perceptions and fine-motor skills, while home-made, well-known image templates can also positively influence the recall of information from memory. When a person pictures and observes what is being produced under a brush and at the same time carefully focuses on the drawing suggestions, he/she enhances visual perceptions, fine-motor skills and eye hand coordination. Sensory and motor functions are interdependent.
- Sensory signals control the pressure of the arm, so that it is suitable, not too strong and not too weak.
- Fine motor skills are associated with the use of tiny muscles in the fingers, arms and shoulders, in conjunction with vision and / or type.
Many complex neural connections are involved in the whole process. When the fingers are pressed against the surface, sensory receptors from the visual cortex travel to the motor area, which then provides information to our muscles that trigger the movement. In the case of fine-motion movements, it is first of all important visual system, that is, how accurately we observe or perceive the whole and the details. These visual perceptions help us first to estimate the distance or location of the illustration, and then the place where we will color.
Unfortunately, our sensory perceptions weaken with aging and dementia, affecting fine-motor skills. Damage to the key pathways leads to breakdowns, natural movements of the hands become more difficult to perform.
Sensomotoric disorders can lead to sensory problems, people cannot separate textures and shapes, and cannot learn new skills. We must take into account all the mentioned problems, especially working (guidance, monitoring, communication) with a person with dementia or with other forms of problems in the field of sensory and cognitive abilities.
When a person observes the image, he can activate the recall of memories from his past (episodic, autobiographical memory) and tells us about it - so we can also stimulate communication skills.
Advantages of artistic expression and activation of both brain halves
Activities that promote artistic expression and creativity promote the functioning of the left and right brain halves, strengthen the imagination, relax and calm, and create a sense of balance that promotes positive emotions. At the same time, they allow the person to concentrate and draw attention for a longer period of time.
The product is designed in such a way that it does not require special artistic abilities. Forms are already present and the person is more difficult to make a mistake, which increases the prospect of successful work and the beautiful feelings. In people with dementia and cognitive decline, the presence of such feelings is particularly beneficial.
Each activity has positive effects only when it is not too easy for the person and not too demanding, so it is important to select the appropriate complexity of the activity. The principle of three keys applies to success:
- Frequency: Activity should be performed sufficiently frequently (recommended 2-3 times a week).
- Duration: more repetitions are needed over a longer period of time (2-3 months).
- Intensity: Intensively enough means that we take an active part in the activity and insist on it for a while (15, 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the individual's ability).
Contents: 15 pages
Manufacturer: Active Minds