To help retirement age individuals deal with stress, manage pain, and even deal with memory loss, one creative method of therapy is the use of art. In fact, the results of a study showed that when art was introduced into the lives of older adults, they had:
- Fewer falls
- Less need for medication
- Better physical health
- Fewer needed doctor visits
- Higher morale
- Better hand dexterity
- Fewer rates of depression and loneliness
Clearly, the benefits of art therapy for the elders are many. Let’s have a closer look at each.
Hypertension, arthritis, and general pain impact the lives of many retirees. To help reduce inflammation and stiffness, relaxation is encouraged through art therapy. Though the physical activity is light, they consistently use their fingers and arms for art. Dexterity is promoted through this activity, and blood flow is encouraged. Since they are focused on their art creation, pain is more easily ignored, and coordination increased through purposeful, small movements.
To help with memory loss, going to institutions that revolve around art – and participating in artistic endeavors – can be helpful. Think about going to museums, sculpting, painting, and other art therapy forms. Certain parts of the brain are stimulated through art therapy and have a profound impact on memory access.
Depression is not uncommon among those with mobility problems, memory loss, and other health implications. Life can be a struggle. But due to cognitive and mood stimulation, symptoms of depression can be lessened when these individuals create art.
Especially for those in the early stages of memory loss, stress can be reduced through art therapy. When engaged in therapy projects, retirees experience something close to meditation – they’re “in the zone”. Anxiety is reduced by a sense of well-being.
Chronic Conditions Relief
For people recovering from a stroke or with dementia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc., growing older isn’t easy. To provide some relief, craft projects and other activities can be beneficial. This can include puzzles, games, pottery, painting, scrapbooking, coloring projects, and more.
Socialization and Communication Increases
To connect with others, some individuals may find it easier if they participate in things like art projects. For those in their twilight years, feelings of isolation can be reduced in this manner. It also provides visual means of communication for those who may find it difficult, such as those with Alzheimer’s/dementia.
Brain Function Improvement
Right along with your body, your brain ages. For those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory-related conditions, some tasks can be difficult to carry out. To help with problem-solving, reasoning, logic, and to boost cognitive functions, improved working memory can be helped by focusing on certain tasks (art) for a time.
Conservatory At North Austin Offers Arts and Crafts, Activities, and More
Residents at Conservatory At North Austin enjoy in-house maintenance and housekeeping services to free up their days. Spend time on the things you love most like hobbies, arts and crafts, dancing, pursuing fresh interests, and developing new friendships – all while living in a resort-like community.
Our residents enjoy community life with numerous opportunities for socialization, as well as always having the chance to engage in trips into town, fitness programs, activities, and much more. Call us today at 512-601-8242 to learn more.