Mary Beth Flynn
Advanced platform allows activity directors to easily lead life-enhancing art activities
ST. LOUIS, MO. (DATE) – Studies show that when seniors pick up a paintbrush, they enhance their quality of life and improve their overall mental health while creating something beautiful. With its new online art platform, Artfully Aging ensures older adults in senior living facilities have access to meaningful art programs, whether in the comfort of their room or in a group class setting.
Artfully Aging, which has provided therapeutic senior art programs in St. Louis since 2009, pivoted from in-person to online art sessions after COVID-19 forced nursing homes and senior communities to close their doors to outside visitors. Its new fully automated system, available at www.artfullyaging.com, offers a menu of step-by-step instructional videos that guide seniors through themed and seasonal watercolor projects. Once activity staff choose a project, Artfully Aging will ship prepared watercolor sheets to their nursing home or senior living facility, and if needed, provide paintbrushes and watercolor palettes as well.
For staff members who are new to leading art sessions, Artfully Aging offers “Train the Trainer” videos that highlight watercolor techniques and provide guidance on helping residents in different levels of care reignite their creativity. In addition, the flexibility of the new online model allows videos to be played on a big screen for socially distanced group sessions as well as broadcasted over a community’s in-house TV channel or downloaded to a tablet so residents can follow along in their rooms.
Activity directors of senior living facilities, nursing homes and community centers are invited to learn more about Artfully Aging and explore its menu of projects at www.artfullyaging.com.
About Artfully Aging –Since 2009, Artfully Aging has been a pioneer in promoting creative aging in the St. Louis senior community. Its renowned watercolor art program is designed for seniors of all skill and care levels, and its holistic approach makes each session a meaningful and therapeutic activity. With the launch of its new online platform, Artfully Aging can serve an ever-expanding number of seniors and senior communities across the country. For more information, visit www.artfullyaging.com.###