For both the body and mind, a host of benefits is offered by the act of being creative. So, it should come as no surprise that, in retirement communities, one of the most beneficial (and fun) activities involves creativity – art.
Retirement communities all over the nation are improving life quality with art therapy. The creative process involves making something from nothing. It promotes feelings of well-being and stimulates the mind. In order for many people to function at their best, art can become an irreplaceable activity.
Art therapy benefits go on and on, particularly for retirement age individuals. That’s one reason why art therapy is being invested in where so many memory care, assisted living, and independent living communities are concerned. Specializing in this role, art therapists are being used in any number of communities, hospitals, and more.
Can your parent’s quality of life be improved with art therapy? Yes. Here’s why.
For various reasons, some people have a hard time communicating. One great means of self-expression is through the creation of art. People will be able to not only communicate with those around them but may discover they can also connect with themselves. Feelings of loneliness, isolation, and negativity are also reduced through art therapy.
As social activities go, therapy programs provide not only socialization but a safe environment in which people can express themselves, bond with others, and relax.
Self-esteem is boosted and depression lessened during art therapy. The overall mental well-being of a retiree can be improved through creativity.
Anxiety can be reduced and stress better managed – as well as achieving a good emotional balance – through art therapy. Feelings and emotions can be expressed through art. Stress is lowered as inner turmoil is released.
Pain relief, as well as reduced inflammation, may be experienced when motor skills improve (see below). Stiffness in an individual’s hands may also be lowered by this relaxing activity. Keeping your mind occupied while doing something enjoyable also relieves pain.
Motor Skills Improvement
Motor skills may be improved through art therapy. Motor functions can be improved because repeated motions are used, and coordination/specific movements are used as well.
Art therapy increases intellectual stimulation and improves brain function. As a daily active care method, art therapy also works well for individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Participate in Art and Other Activities While Retiring in Style
Enjoy retirement for all it’s worth in our community. Participate in arts and crafts, attend a celebration or a dance, rediscover your favorite hobbies – the list goes on and on.
If, after a full day of activities, you don’t feel like cooking, no worries. Our Home Style Dining chef prepares local cuisines. You’ll receive tableside service from cheerful, attentive team members, and get a chance to relax after an exciting day.
If you have questions about our retirement community, please phone us at 985-781-0072. For questions about sales and leasing, please call 985-218-8144. We also have a convenient online form that you can fill out, send in, and we will get back to you.
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