The Abundant Benefit of Art
Started by the Department of Veteran Affairs in 1946, Artworks was instituted as a quality-of-life program to help veterans recuperate once they had returned home. The program was situated in Shaughnessy Hospital for many years before moving in 1983 to St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni, which is home to 148 residents, many of them armed forces veterans. The non-profit program is just as impactful now as it was 73 years ago. From improved mental health to a better sense of wellbeing, the benefits of art therapy for seniors are abundant.