Get Crafty! The Importance of Arts & Crafts for SeniorsSeptember 18, 2016 | Heritage Place
Art provides more than just a creative outlet and a beautiful finished product. Art stirs the soul, expresses our thoughts, and brings people together. At Heritage Place Senior Living in Bountiful, UT, our residents love to create with a variety of mediums, and gather together at classes to practice their crafts and learn new skills. Read on to learn about our art and craft programs and the numerous benefits they provide.
The Benefits of Art and Crafting
- Brings People Together
- Easy To Do- Crafts for seniors are usually projects that don't require a lot of supplies or expertise. Seniors can easily create finished pieces to wear, use in their home, or show off. This makes them feel like they can accomplish anything!
- Positivity- Seniors who craft are generally happier more outgoing and less likely to be suffering from depression.
- Something To Look Forward To- Many art projects require more work than can be accomplished in a single setting. This means that seniors will have to continue their creative process over a few days or weeks.
How Art Therapy Can Help Memory Care Residents
Since art therapy stimulates the mind, it also has the potential to lessen the side effects of Alzheimer's. One of the greatest benefits of art for seniors in memory care is that it can boost the artist's happiness, lessen anxiety, and reduce isolation. Art therapy can also help memory care residents with Alzheimer's or dementia recover memories. Since painting and coloring are activities typically enjoyed by children, these artistic endeavors may unlock memories of family and places from a joyful event long ago.
Art in Action at Heritage Place
Sewing and Handicrafts:
These are some of the most useful of crafts because they allow seniors to share their talents with others and learn something new. During this time, residents can also bring anything that needs to be sewn or repaired, and other residents and staff members help them fix and repair the items free of charge.
Relaxing Art & Music:
A few times a month, we host a Relaxing Art & Music program for our senior living community, where we play soft, relaxing music while residents work on adult coloring projects. Research has shown that when an adult colors repetitive patterns, they actually experience mindfulness and even reach a meditative state. Combining coloring with music can trigger even further therapeutic benefits in the brain.
Arts and crafts are important for people of all ages, especially seniors and those with Alzheimer's. We firmly believe that art therapy is an important component of senior care that leads to happier healthier and more outgoing individuals. If you're interested in learning more about the art program at Heritage Place assisted senior living near Farmington, UT, or you would like to schedule a tour, please contact us today.
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