There is a reason why art is the most ideal activity for children. This is because they can practically do anything (there are no mistakes for art) and it can still be called a masterpiece. But in our case, it’s not just used for children’s activities. Art for the elderly is also used to enhance our elderly’s well-being.
It is tagged as one of the greatest forms of expression. Art is creating imagery and representation of our feelings, emotions, and inner thoughts through colors and inanimate objects. There are no rules in art. People have the liberty to be messy, to think outside the box, and to just simply express. This is why in most homes for the elderly, they often offer a rich variety of recreational programs since there are multiple benefits that entails art for the elderly.
Increase cognitive skills
Doing art can sharpen one’s mind. In the case of our elderly, it can slow down the process of cognitive decline. Doing art is limitless. You go where your imagination takes you and art can create a form for it. Also, depending on the type of art form you choose, this activity can also bring out more cognitive focus. Sculpting for example, will require precision, meticulousness, and accuracy.
Moreover, increasing cognitive skills through art doesn’t just stop at making things. It also goes with appreciative art. What do we mean by that? Well, if in such cases that your elderly isn’t the artsy type, just by simply going to museums or art galleries can spark their artistic bones. Not to mention the fun in deciphering the message of each unique painting.
Improves motor skills and alleviates pain
As we age, we are impacted by serious illnesses and health problems. Art is also known as a naturally relaxing activity especially for adults. So how does art improve our elderly’s motor skills? Let’s face it, art can sometimes provide minimal movements but this also counts as a light physical activity. As for the pain, art for the elderly can stand as sort of a distraction to alleviate them from the pain.
Other activities that can improve motor skills:
Brings stress relief
Art therapy can reduce stress for people of all ages, but it’s particularly helpful for seniors and people with the early stages of memory loss. We have around 60,000 thoughts a day and many of these can be negative for people dealing with aging, so art therapy is particularly helpful. That’s because when seniors are engaged with an art therapy activity, they’re often ‘in the zone’ and can enjoy an almost meditative experience. This sense of well-being can greatly reduce anxiety and stress in seniors.
Other activities to relieve stress:
- Spend time with family and friends
- Do the things you love
- Drinking tea
- Get enough sleep
- Keep your body physically fit.
Prevents depression from persisting
Depression usually comes in certain causes such as losing loved ones, discontent with life, or just simply not having anyone to talk to. In this case, with art, our elderly can be free to express themselves through creation. You must be thinking that depression for teens is the same with elderly. Let’s get straight to the point, the answer is, no it’s not. When depression hits an elderly person, it tends to last longer than teens.
However, there is a gentle gratification that comes with building something beautiful out of nothing. Art can stimulate the mood of people. Everyone has creative prowess and this can turn into an outlet for your emotions. For elderly people, this can be a balm to soothe harsh sadness that may come over them.
Promotes self expression
Self expression can be let out in a variety of ways. There are people who express themselves through writing, dancing, cooking (why not!), drawing, fashion, and all sorts of mediums. You must be thinking, what makes self expression important?
Self-expression is a process to understand yourself better. This points us to our next question. Why do the elderly need it? Well, it’s already a given that our seniors don’t have that much strength and energy that they had before. This will lead them to gear towards the most convenient form of self-expression, and that is arts and crafts
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