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Healthy Aging | 09/20/21
As children, most of us weren’t shy about expressing our creativity, whether it was finger painting, making clay ashtrays, or drawing self-portraits with sidewalk chalk. But as adults, we’re often quick to shy away from creative pursuits because we’re afraid of “not doing it right.”
Here’s the thing. Art has no rules, and there’s no right or wrong way to create it. In fact, the numerous benefits of art for seniors have been well documented. Read on to explore some of the ways experiencing art is so beneficial for brain health. Then try your hand at some art therapy ideas for seniors. From pencils to paint, clay, woodworking, stamping, and more, making art really can keep your brain feeling young!
There are all kinds of ways to get crafty, so forget the old excuse about not being able to draw a straight line! Today’s forward-thinking senior living communities like Crestwood Manor offer a full slate of art classes in fully equipped art studios. Art classes here are enthusiastically attended by both men and women. There are also art classes available at local community centers and even online if you prefer to create on your own.
Keep in mind though that one of the joys of an art experience — and one of the most important benefits of art for seniors — is the social aspect. You and your friends can learn something new together and applaud each other’s efforts. That can make for some fun shared memories.
If you like to: Work with your hands and don’t mind getting messy
Try this: Sculpting on a pottery wheel
If you like to: Spend time outside with nature
Try this: Plein-air (art of outdoor painting) class
If you like to: Create one-of-a-kind gifts
Try this: Jewelry making
If you like to: Do puzzles of all kinds
Try this: Mosaic tile making
If you like to: Create things from scratch
Try this: Handmade greeting cards and stamping
We’ve got the wonderful life you’ve been searching for — from our beautiful, inspiring surroundings to the great array of independent living options to the invaluable security of our continuum of care. And we haven’t even touched on the full slate of activities and classes right outside your apartment door. We’d love to show you around, so get in touch, and let’s schedule a tour so you can learn more!