U.S researchers are trying to verify anecdotal evidence of the positive effect of the arts on older people suffering from conditions like Dementia, with the hope that scientific evidence will lead to more funding.
Proponents of the arts have long argued that creative therapy can help ageing patients. Now, scientists have begun investigating that claim.Shula Strassfeld holds back the emotion as she describes dancing with her 92-year-old father, a wheelchair-using victim of dementia.
"I went to visit him for his birthday and we danced. We put on some music and I moved his wheelchair around. The look on his face was absolutely priceless," she says.