To begin with, what is art therapy? Most people probably associate therapy with sitting in a chair and talking to a professional or a set of movements that can help to improve mobility. Art therapy is able to bring about the same improvements to someone’s mental and physical health but through a different medium – doing art activities like drawing and painting.
Studies have shown that by taking part in art classes with trained art therapists, it is possible to improve a person’s range of motion, as well as their ability to express themselves. The type of creative technique will depend on the individual’s preference and personal fit. Art therapy can be a great way to bring about positive emotions and improve overall health. Learn more about the benefits of art therapy for the elderly.
Individuals, especially older adults, who have problems with communication due to physical or mental deterioration may find their voice again with art therapy. A trained professional will be able to introduce individuals to different creative projects that will allow them to express their thoughts and emotions freely and clearly again. On top of this, this type of self-expression will also encourage individuals to better communicate with their family and loved ones or even to cope with grief or other heavy emotions.
Opportunities for Social Engagement
During the sessions for art therapy, individuals will be able to have the chance to meet other like-minded people. By interacting with others regularly and forming bonds during shared activities, it can allow people to form meaningful friendships and relationships. This is exceptionally important as many older adults can find themselves experiencing loneliness or social isolation, especially after the loss of a loved one. Attending art therapy sessions can therefore be an enjoyable solution that improves their overall emotional health.
Opportunities for Socialization
Your golden years are the best time to form connections and nurture relationships. Loneliness, isolation, and solitude are quite frequent among aged adults due to factors such as retirement, medical issues, or the passing of a spouse. To avoid such circumstances, keep in touch with your family, friends, and relatives. Meet with your children or loved ones on a regular basis. In addition, joining a hobby club or social group is a great opportunity to forge friendships.
Improving Cognitive Functions
The brain is very much like a muscle, the more you engage it with mentally stimulating activities, the more likely that your cognitive abilities are to improve or be maintained. When you are learning new art techniques like painting or sculpting, not only are you able to work on your hand-eye coordination and motor movements but you are also engaging mental skills through creativity and mental skills. This enables any individual to establish neural connections that may be lost in the process of aging or due to injuries.
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At GreenTree at Westwood, we believe that holistic wellness encompasses many different aspects that span emotional, physical, intellectual, social, medical, and spiritual wellbeing. This is why we offer a diverse range of therapeutic activities in our exclusive senior living programs. For more information about our senior living community, and the different types of activities and events we offer at GreenTree At Westwood, contact us today.