Making Art Therapy

Neurology Now:
Department: Resource Central

    Art therapy has emerged as a mainstream healthcare profession that uses painting and drawing to improve the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of patients. Art has been shown to help with everything from memory enhancement to movement rehabilitation, treating such neurological conditions as Alzheimer's, stroke, and Parkinson's. For more information on the art therapy concepts covered in our special report on page 24, contact the following:

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    For more information on the art therapy concepts covered in our special report on page 24, contact the following:

    American Art Therapy Association

    arttherapy.org

    The AATA, representing 4,500 professionals and students, has established standards for art therapy education, ethics, and practice. Its website features an art therapist locator.

    Museum of Modern Art (New York City)

    accessprogram@moma.org

    212-408-6347

    Offers a monthly art appreciation program for people with dementia.

    Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)

    access@mfa.org

    617-369-3302

    Offers guided tours for people with Alzheimer's.

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    The Art Therapy Sourcebook

    By Cathy A. Malchiodi (McGraw-Hill, 2006)

    This easy-to-read book explains how art therapy can be used as a powerful tool for healing both emotional and physical symptoms. The author, who edited the AATA's journal, notes that art can help people “solve problems, release powerful or distressing emotions, recover from traumatic losses or experiences, or alleviate pain or other physical symptoms.”

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    HELP FOR ALL NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

    ninds.nih.gov

    “The Brain Matters” AAN Foundation patient website

    thebrainmatters.org

    American Academy of Neurology Foundation

    neurofoundation.org

    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    Alzheimer's Association

    alz.org

    1-800-272-3900

    Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

    alzheimers.org

    1-800-438-4380

    Alzheimer's Foundation of America

    alzfdn.org

    1-866-232-8484

    AUTISM

    Autism Society of America

    autism-society.org

    1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)

    EPILEPSY

    Epilepsy Foundation

    epilepsyfoundation.org

    1-800-332-1000

    Sturge-Weber Foundation

    sturge-weber.com

    1-800-627-5482

    HEADACHE

    National Headache Foundation

    headaches.org

    1-888-NHF-5552 (1-888-643-5552)

    MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society

    nationalmssociety.org

    1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867)

    Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

    msaa.com

    1-800-532-7667

    NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES

    ALS Association

    alsa.org

    1-800-782-4747

    Muscular Dystrophy Association

    mda.org

    1-800-FIGHT-MD (1-800-344-4863)

    PAIN

    American Pain Foundation

    painfoundation.org

    1-888-615-PAIN (1-888-615-7246)

    Neuropathy Association

    neuropathy.org

    212-692-0662

    PARKINSON'S DISEASE

    National Parkinson Foundation

    parkinson.org

    1-800-327-4545

    Parkinson's Disease Foundation

    pdf.org

    1-800-457-6676

    Michael J. Fox Foundation

    for Parkinson's Research

    michaeljfox.org

    1-800-708-7644

    SLEEP DISORDERS

    National Sleep Foundation

    sleepfoundation.org

    STROKE

    American Stroke Association

    strokeassociation.org

    1-888-4-STROKE (1-800-478-7653)

    National Stroke Association

    stroke.org

    1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6563)

    TRAUMA

    Brain Injury Association of America

    biausa.org

    1-800-444-6443

    National Spinal Cord Injury Association

    spinalcord.org

    1-800-962-9629

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    FINDING THE WORDS

    The Aphasia Handbook

    (National Aphasia Association, 2004)

    This unique guide helps stroke and brain injury survivors communicate when the frustrating condition known as aphasia impairs their ability to talk, listen, read, and write. Advice is presented through illustrations and captions as well as easy-to-read text. Designed specifically for people with aphasia (as well as families and friends), the handbook suggests different strategies to help them communicate. Contact the National Aphasia Association (at 1-800-922-4622 and naa@aphasia.org) or visit its website at aphasia.org

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    Rx for Medicare Part D

    This is for the 2 million newcomers to Medicare, the 5 million eligible beneficiaries who didn't enroll in 2006, and even the 38 million who did. Since most prescription drug plans will change their costs and benefi ts for 2007, it's important to compare yours with others in your area to be sure you choose the one that best meets your needs—even if you're happy with your current coverage. For more information on the Medicare Part D program (as discussed in our story on page 44) and for help as the Dec. 31 enrollment deadline approaches, visit the following websites:

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    GOVERNMENT OFFICES

    Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    medicare.gov

    1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

    The government site's “Medicare Prescription Drug Finder” offers help navigating the maze of providers. For those without web access, call the helpline.

    Social Security Administration

    ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp

    1-800-772-1213

    State Health Insurance

    Assistance Program

    shiptalk.org, 1-800-677-1116

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    ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

    Medicare Rights Center

    medicarerights.org

    1-888-466-9050

    212-869-3850

    Families USA

    familiesusa.org

    202-628-3030

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