It’s never too late to release your inner artist! Whether you’re interested in painting, sculpture, drawing, woodworking, dancing, or acting, don’t let a lack of experience deter you from trying out your artistic abilities—or reaping the benefits of all that art can offer.
- Your mind matters
Creating art requires intense focus, which borders on meditation for many artists. When you’re focused on creating, you’re able to let go of your troubles and simply relax. Not only can art promote inner peace, it’s wonderful mental exercise! And, art activities have the potential to delay memory impairment. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that individuals who regularly participate in mentally demanding activities such as art are less likely to develop dementia.
- Your body benefits
Art therapy has been used for decades to offer relief for everything from post-traumatic stress syndrome to cancer. Working with your hands improves hand-eye coordination. Even carrying supplies to your work station can boost your muscle strength and balance, therefore reducing the risk of falls and fractures. In fact, a study by the George Washington University Center on Health, Aging, and Humanities verified that people who participated in senior community-based art programs reported fewer falls than those who didn’t.
- Your spirit is supported
Losing yourself in art can be a way to discover your interests and passions. Enjoying art in a class or workroom setting can enhance your social life, too. When you and your neighbors gather in the activity room to create, you’ll not only inspire each other, but you’ll have hours of fun. You may even find that the nonjudgmental support of your peers benefits your self-esteem. Even better: Your community may sponsor trips to local museums, concerts, or the theater to boost your inspiration!
Want to learn how to sculpt—or gain a greater appreciation for art history? Senior living communities typically offer plenty of options, so investigate the clubs or activities you could get involved with.
Many Life Care Services-managed communities provide ways for you to express yourself artistically. Contact the community nearest you to ask about what’s offered.