For many older adults, an arts and crafts program may not seem like a necessary investment in your mental health and wellbeing. However, as a person gets older, these programs can provide socialization opportunities and keep the brain stimulated and healthy. 

What are the Benefits of Doing Arts and Crafts?

The benefits of these senior living programs are numerous, with the most significant being that it is an easy way to improve an individual’s quality of life. Take a look at some of the most common experiences people have with these types of hands-on programs:

  1. Stress relief: Engaging in arts and crafts programs can help to reduce stress by stimulating the production of endorphins.
  2. Creative thinking: Arts programs often encourage people to think about things in a way they haven’t before. These programs can stimulate the brain, which improves cognitive function.
  3. Expression: Even if a person has no skill or experience at all, arts and crafts programs work as a positive type of self-expression. They can create anything they want to share emotions, thoughts, and experiences with others.
  4. Socialization: For older adults, sitting with other people and sharing is a valuable form of socialization, which helps keep the brain healthy.
  5. Eases memory concerns: For those who may already have the onset of dementia, arts and crafts programs can reduce the complications. It can also help to make managing symptoms a bit easier while creating memories for families and friends.

No matter how you look at these resident programs, they create several opportunities for improving the quality of life of older adults. They can keep hand-eye coordination in good condition, stimulate the brain by teaching new skills, and support mental health. If you have not embraced these programs yet, now is the time to give them a try.

What Types of Creative Activities are There?

Don’t limit yourself to one type of art or creative activity, but try many of them. For some, there is something very soothing about pottery and working with clay. For others, the colors on a canvas help them to express what they are feeling each day. Consider various options, including craft projects for the holidays, collages, or creative projects using the computer. There are no limits to what you can do, and you do not need to have any previous experience or training to benefit from these programs.

Embrace a Range of Programs at Wickshire Senior Living

Our arts and crafts programs are just one way our team helps people achieve a higher quality of life. If you live within our assisted living or other communities, you’ll have access to an extensive range of creative pursuits. These are constantly changing to introduce new opportunities and experiences for our residents.