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Creative arts and the elderly

Creative arts and the elderly

Creative arts and the elderly

Health experts believe that creative arts can help the elderly. Especially in the areas of chronic brain diseases. Furthermore, they believe creative arts can enhance cognitive function. Also, current studies suggest these can induce psychological and physiological healing.

At Camberwell Gardens we have many years experience caring for the elderly. We care for their bodies and their minds. We know that keeping them active and connected with life is vital. Therefore music, art, activities and socialising are always ongoing.

That is why we would like to share the following information with you. If you are caring for an elderly loved one the event coming up might be of interest to you.

Mid-Week Walk and Talk tour – Dark Contrasts

The Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorne is offering a special event. Entitled “Mid-week Walk and Talk Tour – Dark Contrasts”. The date is Wednesday, 9 August. From 11 AM to 12 PM. The address is 360 Burwood Road. Furthermore, it is free. For that reason RSVP is essential. To book tickets or for more information please visit boroondara.vic.gov.au/arts.

Additionally the gallery is wheelchair accessible. Attendees will hear directly from the artists. Thereby gaining a deeper understanding of the exhibition. The photograph in the advertisement is very inviting. It presents an image of calmness and depth. Act swiftly if you don’t wish to miss out.

Creative arts and overall well-being

Clinical research is demonstrating the above. Furthermore, highlighting how expressive arts can assist older adults. In particular, with respect to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Also, other chronic degenerative diseases. Health care providers are urging programs containing creative arts for such patients.

Furthermore, studies released suggest a reduction in depression and anxiety. These are known to be symptomatic of chronic diseases. It is believed these activities can stimulate the imagination and creativity of the elderly. Moreover, this can result in a new lease of life for them. Thereby, delivering them from a vegetative condition. Even perhaps releasing new creative potential.

Art’s Positive Effects

Gene Cohen, MD, PhD, was a director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University in Washington, DC.  He was the first researcher to conduct a national longitudinal study on the quality of life. Furthermore, he found that the arts have a positive effect on health and illness as we age.

Dr. Cohen believed that expressive arts therapy is greatly beneficial to the elderly. Furthermore, in specific areas of the mind. Such as relaxation, reducing depression and anxiety. Even providing a sense of control. Additionally, they assist in socialisation. Thereby encouraging playfulness and a sense of humour. It has been said that laughter is the best medicine, whatever your age.

Cognitive benefits

The arts are believed to improve cognition. Also, they are believed to provide sensory stimulation. Furthermore, they may foster a stronger sense of identity. In turn this might increase the elderly person’s self-esteem. Finally, they are bound to reduce boredom. This last benefit should actually be at the top of the list. Surely boredom could cause a person to lose interest in life. Possibly beginning a downward spiral in their existence.

In conclusion

We hope the above has been helpful and interesting for you. As always, we would welcome your feedback. Please like us on Facebook. And remember, at Gold Age Australia Camberwell Gardens, we are always here for you. If you need information or you wish to visit we are only a telephone call away. Until next time, dear reader, we wish you and your elderly loved ones health and happiness. Cheerio.

Recommended Reading

What’s Art Got To Do With It? Barbara Bagan, PhD, ATR-BC.

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