Creativity isn’t something that’s beneficial only for your grandchildren. Whether you pick up a pencil to draw a sketch or simply engage in adding color to your assisted living apartment, flexing your creative muscles can have benefits for mental and physical health. Find out more about why creativity matters and get some tips for incorporating it into your life below.
Creativity helps keep your mind open to new thoughts and concepts, which can help support you as you try to keep learning about and enjoying the world around you. By learning to draw — whether or not you ever really master the skill — for example, you can train your mind to see the world in a completely new and surprising way.
Other benefits of creative pursuits for older adults include:
If you’re a long-time creative soul, being creative as a senior is simply about reactivating or maintaining those interests. Think back to things you enjoyed in the past and find ways to incorporate them into your assisted living apartment.
One thing to remember is that creativity does not equal perfection. It doesn’t even have to equal functionality. Perhaps in the past you painted wall murals. You might not be able to do that anymore because of space constrictions or physical health or mobility limitations. But what about painting murals sparked joy for you? If it was about combining colors and creating pictures, you can do that with paper and paints in your apartment. You might even find that you enjoy using adult coloring books with colored pencils or markers.
For seniors who did not previously engage in creative activities, jumping into them can seem a bit daunting. But remember a few things:
It’s also worth pointing out that creativity does not necessarily mean artistry. Yes, drawing, painting, writing, and other liberal arts are certainly creative. And if you enjoy doing those things, then they are ideal ways to bring creative pursuits to your daily life.
But you can also be creative in many other ways. Here are just some options for adding creativity to your life so you can experience some of the positive benefits.
Creativity doesn’t come with a lot of rules. At Hickory Villa, we do encourage all our residents to stay safe when engaging in activities, but generally the sky is the limit on how you can use your imagination to make things.