G Cover Is art therapy the answer for dementia? Making music, painting, or dancing — and seeing or hearing it — may be the most effective treatment for dementia to date ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff At NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, a retirement community and assisted living facility, residents participated in an art therapy class for Alzheimer’s patients. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Clara listened to therapist Sally Harrison during a class called Making Music. Alzheimer’s institutions and caregivers are realizing art can do more than offer pleasant diversions. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Intern Susan Garner-Titus helped resident Irving in a class called Glued Together. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Leni, a resident, took part in a class called Making Music. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff In the music class, Dorothy played percussion and Harrison the flute.