Karen and Kim share the benefits of art as a therapy for our seniors.
Art can be a great way to share our lives and feelings with others.
Art also can help the memory-impaired access long-forgotten memories, a bit like music. Creativity can help decrease stress and depression, by tapping into the emotions needed to create artwork, this allows for open expression of feelings, helping to relieve stress, anxiety and confusion.
Connectivity. Those who have difficulty communicating find art/crafting extremely helpful. Art provides ways to connect with those around you, which can also help lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Chatting about art creations with friends/CAREGivers offers not only a way to communicate, but can also stimulation and promote memory health. Challenging aging individuals to create art allows them to expand their minds and look at things in a new way.
Reducing boredom. Arts and crafts offer a fun and fulfilling way to spend free time, with the added benefit of a sense of real achievement.
Being creative helps promote coordination through small, purposeful movements, helping to increase blood flow round joints, and improving muscle tone.
So, it’s never too late to start tapping in to that creative vibe! Grab a pen or even your granddaughters pencil case and get creative! You might surprise yourself, and find your spirits lifted.
Look at our WOW guide PDF in the Information and Resource section to find local art groups for seniors in Sale and Altrincham.