Nurturing the Heart (NTH) is an initiative in Apex Harmony Lodge where arts is a medium to enable and encourage residents to express themselves in meaningful ways, and through the therapeutic process of art-making, residents affirm their dignity and improve their self-esteem.
Studies have shown art therapy can enhance communication, brain function and social interaction for people with dementia (PWDs). Visual art can be a healthy channel for people with dementia to express themselves, ignite dormant memories and initiate conversations for people who have to struggle to express themselves. As PWDs are involved in the art creating process, it has been noted that the activity stimulates the whole brain and enhance their emotional and physical well-being.
NTH has grown in scale and scope since its inception in 2014. The initiative has now a total of 13 in-house designed programmes including performing arts such as angklung, percussion, drum circle; visual arts such as decorative painting, cultural calligraphy and music storytelling; and self-expression through Creative Space and arts for comfort and attachment through doll therapy and reminiscence therapy just to name a few. Underpinning this initiative is our person-centred care philosophy, 4E approach as enabler and outcomes whether our residents participate in individual, group or community programmes. Like-minded partners also collaborate with our NTH team in various partnerships such as inter-generational programmes resulting in multiple benefits to the pre-schoolers, youth and our PWDs apart from promoting interaction and fostering co-operation amongst different generations.
We are pleased to share the following highlights in NTH: