Tactile art, a type of sensory art, is made up of mixed media with varying textures and surfaces, and as its name suggests, is meant to be appreciated through touch. The artwork encourages sensory exploration, which can strengthen cognitive and developmental function in individuals struggling with memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Scientific studies show that interacting with tactile art can elicit retrieval of memories or familiar feelings in those struggling with memory disorders. This connection evokes positive emotions, and with it, a sense of peace and calm.
Engaging with tactile art can also serve as a means for social engagement and an outlet for residents to interact with the world around them. Tactile stimulation can have numerous benefits for memory care residents, including promoting mental wellness and improving their quality of life.