Your retirement community’s recreation room may have some coloring books or art supplies ready for you.
Drawing and coloring allow seniors to forget about illnesses and problems and provide a pleasant distraction. There is something about the rhythmic movements of coloring that is instantly relaxing and calming. Art stimulates the mind and also develops motor skills.
Studies have shown that art, whether painting or drawing, can lower the risk of developing the first signs of dementia by 73%,
As we get older, it takes a bigger effort to control the muscles in our arms and hands and to maintain coordination. An activity such as coloring can be very therapeutic both physically and mentally. Drawing or coloring is a great way to alleviate stress and anxiety. Focusing on your task will help you relax and free up a part of your brain, which can result in more productivity.
Art therapy is fun and relaxing and can be done in the comfort of your home, or in a social environment. Art allows you to use both the left and right side of your brain which means it allows you to use both logic and creativity.
Completing a drawing or coloring a page can also create feelings of accomplishment and boost self-esteem.
If you have experience drawing, it’s a great hobby to continue as you get older. If you have never drawn as an adult, why not try it now? Speak with the administrator at your retirement community to see if they can arrange for an art teacher to come and give lessons. Alternatively, there are lots of opportunities to learn how to draw online. But if you just don’t have the talent or the dexterity to draw, don’t despair, and don’t stress. The purpose is for you to relax. You can always just color instead. There are lots of coloring books available to buy online, or from bookstores, or even to print out on your computer. Get some colored pencils, markers or crayons, and you are all set!
In addition to controlling stress, remember that a nutritious, healthy diet, regular exercise, and decreasing alcohol and sugar are important to a healthy mind and body.