Creativity enriches life and keeps the mind sharp. Even people who don’t consider themselves “artists” can enjoy the many benefits of making something with their own two hands. Research has also shown that creative expression is especially advantageous for seniors. That’s why many Denver retirement homes prioritize arts programming for their residents. The following are some of the reasons why we continuously offer arts-related activities at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus.
Maintaining Coordination and Concentration: Making art is fun, but it’s also good exercise for fine motor skills and focus. Whether the seniors are painting, doing crafts, making music together, or dancing, participating in artistic enrichment can help them maintain their coordination and concentration.
Improving Mental Health: The arts help people express themselves and feel a sense of purpose in their daily lives. It’s no surprise that studies have shown that these activities can improve mental health and even help with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other chronic degenerative conditions. Creative arts activities are thus especially valuable for memory care residents.
Providing Socialization and Fulfillment: Finally, it can be overlooked that artistic endeavors also give people a chance to socialize with others and enjoy the fulfillment of small (and large) achievements. That’s why they are so popular in many different senior communities.