Residents at Catholic Healthcare St Bede in South Hurstville in Sydney are benefiting from art classes.

The in-Home Art Based Cognitive Therapy classes commenced late last year and proved to be popular among residents with low care needs and those living with dementia.

Art therapy encourages socialisation and communication, increases cognitive skills and intellectual stimulation, improves physical and motor skills, relieves depression, alleviates pain, and promotes self-awareness and self-expression.

The St Bede residents use acrylic paints and watercolours and paint on canvas.

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