All throughout history, artists know that art as therapy is a double-edged sword - art is beneficial not only to the creator, but also to the person viewing and appreciating an artwork. In this article, we will share 5 ways art also benefits older people and why creating art and engaging in crafts is not bound by age.
Research shows that creating art is the best way to counteract the negative impacts of isolation. Through art, it boosts self-esteem, motivation and even social connection. All these benefits can significantly improve one's health and well-being. Everyone has the capacity for creativity. It is a tank that never gets depleted even when one gets older so go ahead and explore your imagination.
It is cognitive because it utilizes the part of the brain that older people won't probably use on an ordinary day. It keeps them thinking and creating solutions. It is also psychological because being able to still create and see projects until its very end gives people a sense of contribution and worth.
Isn't it empowering to finish a large piece of painting? As we age, it is essential that we give ourselves that well-deserved pat on the back by engaging ourselves in activity and finishing it no matter how long it may take us. It gives us reasons to keep on creating and maintaining that positive outlook in life.
More than just the paint brush, art in the form of a poem or a song is also a great way for older people to express themselves. Aging gracefully with art can also help foster a strong sense of identity.
Wouldn't it be nice to see your grandpa or your grandma laugh and just have a good time while creating art? Visit them! Bring your art materials and make it a weekly habit to spend a creative afternoon with them!
Encourage your parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents to share a day of art classes with you! Here at Art Smart, we accept students as young as 4.5 years old and above. Learn how to do grid drawing, free-hand drawing, shading, painting on canvas using acrylic, oil pastel painting and tons of craft projects!
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