Do you have a loved one, such as a parent, in their golden years? Would you like to find out how to improve their psychological well-being and their physical and mental status as well? There are numerous therapeutic benefits to be obtained by participating in a creative process. Studies have shown that substantial improvement was experienced by older adults who were assisted in their participation in a creative process – such as painting.
What can therapies like painting do for your aging parent?
Increase Coordination and Motor Skills
Fine motor skills can be improved and exercised when painting, or some other singular task, is solely focused on. Painting can help improve coordination and increase blood flow, even for someone with limited physical abilities. These individuals can enjoy benefits involving dexterity in the fingers, wrists, and hands, as well as help with fine motor skills – just from painting.
Surprisingly, the balance has even been shown to improve in individuals who participate in painting. It can also help control pain and swelling in those with arthritis.
Encourage Cognitive Stimulation and Function
Simultaneously, both sides of the brain are used when people paint. This can help increase cognitive function and creativity. With little struggle, brain activity is increased when learning a new skill. So, sharper minds are maintained better by retirees who paint. In fact, Alzheimer’s and dementia may be slowed in those who participate in creative activities.
What’s more, for those who are unable to communicate or express themselves in a traditional fashion, painting offers a unique method of expression.
Elevate Mood and Improve Mental Health
More times than not, in a group of like-minded individuals, social painting workshops occur. This encourages communication and socializing with everyone involved. Even introverted or shy individuals have the chance to communicate with others. Activities such as this can help fend off depression, loneliness, boredom, and more in older adults.
Painting and Other Therapies
Arts and crafts activities and painting workshops have become mainstays in most of today’s retirement communities. Residents can enjoy these types of therapies at their own speed and at an appropriate level. They are not physically taxing, nor do they require an abundance of memory (which is why painting is good for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.).
Overall, it’s fun and stimulating, as well as being mentally and physically beneficial, for your aging parent to paint or be involved in some other type of arts and crafts.
Discovery Village At Westchase Offers Therapeutic Activities and Events
In addition to providing high-quality 24-hour care, superb amenities and programs, and a tropical setting that can’t be beaten, Discovery Village At Westchase offers an abundance of creative opportunities. All residents are urged to participate in activities and events to encourage socialization and are therapeutic in many ways. Contact us today to get started down the path to high-quality, enjoyable retirement life at one of the best retirement communities in Tampa, Florida.