The surprising benefits of being creative

Life gets busy. We sometimes forget why we create or what value it provides in our lives. Whether you’re a first-time artist or an expert, there are endless benefits to continue pursuing your inner artist. Here are 4 benefits of being creative – along with some tips on how you can achieve that. 

1. Improve mental healthEngaging in creative activities helps with focus and concentration. It is a great way to exercise the brain and stimulate it by pursuing new activities. Arts and crafts like painting, knitting, pottery making, etc. can also slow the deterioration of cognitive function in aging adults.

2. Therapeutic outlets – As people age, they sometimes lose the ability to communicate effectively or engage in activities that they once enjoyed. This can be frustrating and overwhelming and can contribute to poor quality of life or other issues. By giving yourself another way to express yourself, the creative arts can serve a cathartic purpose and allow elderly persons a way of communicating with others.

3. Form new friendships – A common hobby is one of the easiest ways to cultivate friendships at any age. When just moving into a new community like Terrace Place it is important to attend our events. Attending our events, will aloud you to meet others on campus and make long-lasting friendships.

4. Increased physical health – Surprisingly, regular participation in the creative arts yields a significant increase in physical health. You usually stand when you paint or you can take Yoga, which is a great physical art that benefits aging adults as well.

Ready to get creative in a great independent living community for adults 55+? Contact Terrace Place today at 412.548.4100