The Benefits of Arts and Crafts in Retirement Villages
Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Are you interested in learning a new skill and meeting people? Art and craft activities are a great way to keep the mind active, relax, and even maybe make a present or two for friends and family. Most retirement villages offer a wide range of art and craft activities aimed at seniors who want to improve their skills, learn something new, and spend time with like-minded people.
There are a number of different benefits that go along with participating in art and craft activities, some of which may not be obvious. Here are a few of them.
Art is a wonderful medium for self-expression and communication, and it is no wonder than so many great artists have used their art as a way to get different messages across. Arts and craft activities can allow you to express yourself in ways that you just can’t in your everyday life, which can be a soothing and healing experience, as well as help to facilitate self-discovery.
Participating in art and craft activities is thought to have a number of therapeutic benefits for a wide range of different emotional and physical issues. If you are having a bad day, for example, pounding out your frustrations on a piece of clay can be a huge relief. Getting in touch with your creative side can also help to give you a different perspective on problems that might be bothering you. Art and craft activities require you to focus and still your mind, and this can be beneficial as a form of relaxation.
Participating in a creative project such as a craft activity works certain parts of your brain that are believed to be associated with memory. Art therapy is often used in the treatment of patients who have memory disorders, and it is believed to be effective in staving off conditions such as Alzheimer’s and helping with other memory difficulties.
Participating in arts and crafts in a group setting can be a great way to overcome shyness and make new friends. The craft activity takes the focus off you as an individual, and provides a topic of conversation. This along with the relaxed and supportive setting can help even the most reserved people form meaningful connections and expand their social network.
Improves small motor skills
Arts and crafts generally require a certain level of co-ordination and if your small motor skills are not what they used to be, participating in art and craft activities can help you strengthen your fingers and improve your physical co-ordination.
Most craft activities don’t require a high level of technical skill, so people of all physical abilities can participate and achieve a rewarding result.
Some of the different craft activities that are on offer at Point Cook Village, Beleura Village and Cardinia Waters Village include sewing, painting, pottery, knitting, beading and much more, so residents have no excuse not to get out there and enjoy the many benefits of art and craft activities.