On a higher cognitive level, the art depicted in this series of games can be used to initiate and inspire further investigation. This might involve a trip to an art museum, or perusing art books and websites, to learn more about the artist and his or her art.
Viewing and discussing art has been shown to be an effective therapy for people who have Alzheimer’s. Creativity seems to withstand the ravages of the disease better than most other cognitive functions.
“There’s something about paintings and sculpture that helps bring thoughts and feelings to the surface,” said Francesca Rosenberg of the Museum of Modern Art in an interview with CBS. “Then emotions come out.”
Memories also come out. And conversations. At the same time, some of the undesirable behavior, the anxiety and agitation, and the aggression don’t come out. Not for a while anyway, and that’s a nice reprieve for everyone.