Research shows that creativity can help reduce stress and improve physical functioning. As we age, it’s important to explore new activities and ways to express ourselves. While it can be tempting to get stuck in a routine rut, seniors can benefit from fostering a creative mind with new experiences and ideas. From art and music to creative writing, there are endless options.
Many seniors in our communities thrive when introduced to new creative opportunities, such as art classes or performing in a choral group. Sometimes, they are trying these things for the first time. Often, they are renewing old passions. Either way, the experiences are fulfilling and enjoyable. Here are some ways to find the perfect activities for the creative mind.
- Don’t be intimidated. Try new activities, whether it’s a music, art, or movement program, with an open mind.
- Acknowledge a passion and let it determine an activity to pursue.
- Use the web to become inspired. Find a favorite blog to follow, whether it focuses on crafts, writing or music.
- Utilize your local Council on Aging or newspapers to find activities and events that interest you.
- Attend classical, jazz or folk music concerts, dance performances or art exhibitions.
- Take a music appreciation class or art class through an adult education program.
- Listen to music. Regular listening to music of your choice may provide calming and enjoyable moments in your daily life.
If you have experienced a change in health status, and feel you can’t pursue the activities you enjoy, consult a music, art or dance therapist who can adapt the activity for you. Aging can also be a time to redefine passions and goals. In my experience, seniors find new creative interests to be wonderful outlets when their ability to do certain activities shifts.