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When COVID-19 began to threaten older adults in nursing homes and senior living facilities, the only way to protect them was to confine them to the safety of their rooms. Unfortunately, it also brought a temporary stop to social activities, like music performances, games and art classes, that help boost their happiness and improve their cognition and memory.
This isolation and loss of routine have been detrimental to seniors’ health. However, according to the National Endowment for the Arts, when senior living facilities employ out-of-the-box activities to increase connectedness, art is one of the best vehicles to promote “mental stimulation, physical activity, social engagement, and the pure joy of art making with others.”
Created in response to COVID-19, the new online platform from Artfully Aging, a national senior art program, offers a way for activity directors and staff to easily modify traditional group art sessions for individual participants. Even when seniors can’t safely leave their rooms, they can still enjoy the therapeutic benefits of art and a much-needed distraction.
Artfully Aging’s online videos provide seniors with access to engaging watercolor painting activities led by therapeutic art specialists. Although traditionally geared toward group sessions, the virtual program’s flexibility means anyone can participate, whether in a communal setting or from the comfort of their room.
Offering your residents enriching individual art sessions requires just a few simple steps:
The best way to help your residents fend off the stress of isolation during the pandemic or when an injury or illness confines them to their rooms is to keep their hands and minds busy. Thanks to virtual watercolor art sessions through Artfully Aging, residents can relax, regain a feeling of control, and enjoy the freedom that comes with letting their creativity flow. To check out all the watercolor projects available now, visit the Artfully Aging online store.