Studies confirm that art can affect individuals in positive ways by inducing both psychological and physiological healing. We know that, in general, exercising our creative selves enhances quality of life and nurtures overall well-being. We all are creative—not just a select few.
The field of art therapy is particularly known to have a positive effect on the lives of seniors — and there is no such thing as too much creative expression. Research demonstrates that the imagination and creativity of older adults can flourish in later life, helping them to realize unique, unlived potentials, even when suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Our Seniors Create program was established to encourage residents in our communities and the senior population at large to create and inspire all generations through the visual arts.The visual arts are those creations we can look at such as a drawing or painting.
Since its inception in several communities, the program has been recognized for sparking a flame with residents who were formerly professional artists, inspiring those who dabble to do more, encouraging those who have never explored their artistic side to do so, and even opening up doors to the minds of memory care residents.
Creating artwork under the guidance of our team members offers seniors a supportive environment in which to express their imagination and creativity. We plan to introduce the program in several of our Communities in the coming year.
See some of the beautiful creations our seniors have made. We hope you are inspired!
Katherine Weston | Discovery Memory Care
Joan Ryan | Discovery Memory Care
Jean M. Rood | Birchview Memory Care
Orland Haynes | Del Obispo Terrace Senior Living
Liz Chorneau | The Village Senior Living
Ann Morsbach | Cooks Hill Manor Assisted Living