Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Denise Malis


Older adulthood often comes with a variety of challenges both emotional and physical. The transition to an assisted living program can be challenging to cope with. Older adults may face isolation and loneliness, while grappling with changes in their identity as result of factors like decline in health, loss of an ability, or changes in social support. Arts based interventions were administered individually among a group of older adults to test if collage could be utilized to explore themes of role shift, transition and identity. Clinical observations along with post-session reflective artwork is included. Assisted living residents participated in a three-phase art therapy method. This method allowed space for older adults to engage in art making, reflect and share stories. The intention of this thesis is to understand the value of collage art therapy for older adults. Further research should expand on additional prompts, themes and media. Overall, this paper highlighted the benefits of collage art therapy and emphasized the need for art therapy intervention within geriatric care settings.

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