Creativity The Antidote to Aging
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” Albert Einstein
Do you want to be healthier, happier, and add years to your life? Pick up a paintbrush! Most of us are well versed on the importance of healthy habits – eating right, exercising, regular check-ups, in order to promote lifelong health.
Another essential component for healthy living is creative activity. As we age, engaging in creative pursuits becomes even more impactful. Artistic activity is NOT just for kids, but for parents and grandparents, too. Research points to the significance of creativity.
Dr. Gene D Cohen, a psychiatrist who spent his career in the field of geriatric mental health, conducted ground breaking research on the topic. His book, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life offers strategies to incorporate creativity into everyday life. Cohen also defines key ways creativity enhances life, including strengthening morale, enriching relationships, and improving health by boosting the immune system.
Americans are living longer than ever. We need to focus on the quality of life, not just the quantity of years. Many seniors are already following the creativity trend. Across the nation community centers are filled with active seniors participating in low-cost tai chi classes, crafting workshops, book groups, and more. Artist communities designed for seniors support creative lifestyles. In North Hollywood, California the Noho Senior Arts Colony offers residents a digital arts center, literary studio, and a 78- seat theatre.
Interested in learning more about creativity and aging? Here are some great resources:
Just as you make time in your schedule for exercise, it is essential to carve-out some creative time in your week, too. Let the creative spark is ignite positive change in your life. As you age, your health and well-being might depend on it!
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