Many studies have looked at the benefits of a number of various creative and artistic activities for seniors. It’s been shown that engaging in a creative hobby helps reduce the risk of dementia and preserve memory.
Painting and drawing would obviously make use of one’s imagination allowing to create vivid images of houses, people, and places perhaps from one’s past. Seniors with artistic skills can even choose to portray their emotions and produce abstract art possibly.
In addition to arts and crafts, several studies have shown long term benefits of social activities such as book clubs, movies, concerts, time with friends and travel.
Additionally, one could consider the creative brain-health benefits of computer pastimes such as using a touchscreen devise to draw or paint. Or perhaps playing video games could get the creative ideas flowing by thinking out of the box. Doing this in moderation however as to avoid any strain on vision.
All of these activities can help, but artistic pursuits seem to be more personal and emotional and help keep the mind fresh.
So the next time your thinking of something to do in the creative arena, grab a paintbrush, a canvas and let your mind wander with color and images that are specific to your soul.
If you have potential arthritis issues, a tennis ball over the paintbrush to help with the grip is a potential solution.