A collaboration between The Fresco Institute at NYU Langone and NYU Steinhardt has lead to a research study exploring an Art Therapy Program for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Many of these patients face debilitating complications from the disease such as motor dysfunctions, slower walking speeds, tremors and rigidity of the body. The study focuses on visuospatial dysfunction- complications of the perception in the eyes and brain which affect movement of the body and can lead to falling and poor fine motor skills. Researchers are exploring the benefits of art therapy for patients living with Parkinson’s Disease.
The program includes art therapy sessions twice a week in addition to assessment of eye tracking, cognitive tests, brain imaging and gait assessment. The gait assessment is completed with a G-WALK from BTS Bioengineering, allowing doctors and researchers to analyze the gait of each patient with a wireless, easy to use device which produces quantitative results and metrics. These devices facilitate monitoring of the disease progression and potential benefits of the therapy.
What’s more, this program provides opportunity for patients to explore and work with the emotions around the disease. Through the combination of quantitative testing of movement and cognition with art, emotions and creativity, this study and therapy program is helping individuals with Parkinson’s disease approach their healthcare in a holistic manner with widespread and meaningful benefits.
This study was featured in a Spectrum News NY1 segment. A short clip can be viewed through NYU Langone Health’s twitter:
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Special thanks to Dr. Biagioni and his lab for sharing the news with us and continuing their valuable work in the field of neurology.
For more information on the Fresco Institute of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, go here