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Regardless of your age, finding a creative release through art is an effective form of self-care and an immediate boost for your mental health. The impact of drawing, painting, or sculpting is especially beneficial for older adults, whether they live in a senior living community, are at home with a caregiver or participate at their local senior center.
So, it’s no surprise that senior care experts have successfully integrated art into their therapeutic practices. However, defining how art is implemented in a mental health capacity can get a little fuzzy. There are two distinct approaches to keep in mind when considering an art program for the seniors you serve:
For more than 10 years, Artfully Aging has partnered with activity and enrichment directors and staff to offer therapeutic watercolor art sessions for all skill and care levels. Every project includes “How To” instructional videos to help staff successfully lead a therapeutic art program for seniors even if they don’t consider themselves experienced artists. Simply by encouraging seniors to tap into their creativity and offering reminiscing prompts, staff can ensure they receive all the incredible benefits of hands-on art.