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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:
For more information on the art therapy concepts covered in our special report on page 24, contact the following:
American Art Therapy Association
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)
Offers a monthly art appreciation program for people with dementia.
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
Offers guided tours for people with Alzheimer's.
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.”
HELP FOR ALL NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
“The Brain Matters” AAN Foundation patient website
American Academy of Neurology Foundation
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Autism Society of America
National Headache Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
Muscular Dystrophy Association
American Pain Foundation
National Parkinson Foundation
Parkinson's Disease Foundation
Michael J. Fox Foundation
for Parkinson's Research
National Sleep Foundation
American Stroke Association
National Stroke Association
Brain Injury Association of America
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit its website at aphasia.org
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:
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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
State Health Insurance
shiptalk.org , 1-800-677-1116
Medicare Rights Center