Art Can Help Older Adults

Art Can Help Older Adults

If you are looking for a way to enhance your life, at any age, know that art can help. And if you are a senior, you may have more time to explore your creative side than you have had in the past. This time might be freed up now that your children have grown or your career has scaled back.

Whether you have an extra hour a week or free hours in every day, you can use that time to explore new activities. Creative outlets can have a positive impact on your life.

Sure, staying physical and keeping your health in check is important, but it’s also essential to keep your mind engaged. Creative pursuits can keep your mind sharp and give you a feeling of purpose, too.

Creating a Sense of Growth

Whatever creative pursuit you are interested in—painting, drawing, writing, singing, dancing, or doing needlework—artistic goals can help you grow as a person. Being productive and honing your skills can bring personal growth and healthy pride to your day-to-day life.

Plus, it could add to more social interactions with others, too. Seniors can share their talents with their friends and family. Or even create a business selling them. Either of these options, along with being creative to simply enjoy yourself, bolsters self-confidence and self-worth.

Being Creative Is Healthy

Many artistic pursuits have physical benefits, such as coordination, and there are mental health benefits as well. An active mind is more likely to stay sharp and being busy and engaged can help to ward off negative feels and depressive thoughts.

Looking for ways to get healthy and creative? Singing can bring you joy and help you stay fit (in fact, there are studies that suggests singing with a choir may help to stimulate immune activity in your body), dancing can enhance motor skills, and visual arts can boost your self-esteem. Plus, any creative pursuit has the ability to bring you joy as a beginner and keep you smiling for years.

So, get creative! If you have always wanted to learn an instrument, now is the time. It is never too late. Or, if you have a past artistic interest, reignite the flame.

Even individuals who feel that they are not artistic people can rethink those thoughts. Once you get yourself started with a collage project you may find you have a knack for shapes and colors. In addition, if you love to read, begin keeping a journal of your own stories and poems. Once you get started, you may find you enjoy being creative more than you thought you ever would.

To Enhance Life, Art Can Help

If you are looking to improve the quality of your life, art can help. The arts are an accessible and enriching way to benefit your physical and mental health, all while expressing yourself.

Ready to make a life change? Talking about your problems can provide you with fresh viewpoints and tools for creative problem solving. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting to schedule an appointment today.

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