Creative pursuits are good for more than just filling your free time. According to a study from the American Academy of Neurology, participating in the arts can slow mental decline in individuals of middle or senior age by up to 73 percent. Check out these benefits of nurturing your inner artist.
Hobbies can introduce us to new people who share our interests and may become new friends. By participating in creative activities with a social component, such as a painting or pottery class, your aging loved one could begin making lifelong friendships that will help stave off loneliness as they age.
Art is often described as an emotional endeavor, and, in a way, that is true. Emotion often inspires us to paint, craft, build or write a particular piece, releasing the positive or negative stresses we may have been carrying with us. Seniors can relieve stress and manage negative emotions in a healthier, more beautiful way through art, while also expressing their joys.
According to the American Academy of Neurology study, patients who enjoyed creative passions are less likely to experience memory or thinking problems. This effect is typically attributed to the consistent use of neurons, which in turn strengthens neural connections and networks. Creativity may encourage the growth of new neurons as well.
No matter the age, everyone feels good about themselves when they’ve built or created something impressive. For seniors who may be dealing with feelings of dependency and hopelessness, this feeling could be invaluable. Completing an artistic project and feeling proud of the results can significantly boost a senior’s self-esteem in all areas of their life.
Many aging adults, especially those in short- or long-term care or rehabilitation, are struggling with chronic conditions or sudden illnesses that can make day-to-day life tedious and uninspiring. Receiving diagnoses and treatments and undergoing rigorous therapy can make life feel like drudgery. Pursuing art provides an escape from medical problems and declining health, boosting mood and improving overall attitude.
As your loved one ages, they may require more intensive care, therapy or rehabilitation to maintain their quality of life. At A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, we understand that struggling with health conditions can put a damper on one’s zest for life. That’s why we offer a unique array of exciting services for all our residents, including horticultural, music and art therapy and social events. Contact us at 877-918-6413 to learn more about our available care and rehabilitation services.