Individuals who engage in creative activities enjoy a sense of well-being. Creativity may also help reduce stress and improve physical functioning.
Julie Wade, community life leader at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham, and Regina Dain, clinical supervisor, Creative Arts Therapy at HRC in Boston, offer the following tips to help seniors tap into their inner creativity.
- Don’t be afraid to try new activities. Whether it’s a music, movement or art program, you’re never too old to learn.
- Follow your passion.
- Look in the local paper and community center bulletins or websites to find out what programs are offered near your home. It is a great way to make new friends and learn something new.
- Your local Council on Aging can be a resource for programs taking place in your community.
- Join a choral group or chamber ensemble, open art studio or a dance class to connect with others with common interests.
- Attend classical, jazz or folk music concerts, dance performances or art exhibitions.
- Take a music appreciation class or art class through an adult education program.
- Listen to music. Regular listening to music of your choice may provide calming and enjoyable moments in your daily life.
- If you have experienced a change in health status, and feel you can’t pursue the activities you enjoy, consult a recreation therapist or creative arts therapist who can adapt the activity for you.
Learning to tap into your inner creativity may take a couple of attempts. If at first you don’t find something you enjoy, it’s OK to try a different activity. Experiment until you find one that you enjoy and is meaningful to you.