Creativity Can Be Great for Older Adults
By Tom Herrin
As people age, they sometimes seem to think they should become sedentary. They may slow down a little, but that doesn’t mean they have to become inactive. Activity is one of the keys to longevity. At least quality of life, if not length, is enhanced by greater activity. One of the things that older people can do to improve their lives is to get involved in some kind of creative activities. There are so many to choose from, they don’t have to fit into some kind of certain mold. There is needlepoint, woodworking, painting, photography, writing, and so on. All they have to do is choose one, and their health can improve.
Brain Function Can Be Stronger
Using the brain is a little like using muscles. The more it is used, the more it is developed. Creative activities can increase brain activity. which means it can be a good preventative for many kinds of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Creative activities can also improve organizational abilities and may help to sharpen memory. Neuron growth is believed to be encouraged through these types of activities as well.
It Can Make Outlooks Seem Brighter
Many times it can be noticed that people who are involved in creative activities are upbeat. There is something to be said about the feeling of doing things that are productive and in the control of the creator. In creating, the mind may wander to good thoughts, stimulating the person to show outward signs of upbeat moods. Singing, whistling, or moving to a beat of some kind are common signs of this. Positive outlooks have been proven to help build immunities and reduce stress, both of which are great for health.
The Social Scene Can Be Better
When people are creative, they tend to relate to others more easily. At least they have more confidence, which can help to avoid isolationism. Those who create also tend to find other people they have something in common with. This can happen with fairs, conferences, swap events, etc. With more opportunities to socialize comes the likelihood of meeting more people. The greater the involvement in social activities, the better the overall health of the individual. There will be more opportunity for conversation, which maintains verbal abilities as well. Don’t grow old in seclusion. Go out there and find something that allows you to be creative. It can go a long way toward better health.
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