The Power of Creativity: How Arts and Crafts Benefit Older People and Those with Dementia
Updated: Apr 19
As we age, it's natural to experience a decline in physical and cognitive abilities. However, creativity can be a powerful tool to enhance mental and emotional well-being. In particular, arts and crafts can be especially beneficial for elderly people and those with dementia.
At We Change Lives, we encourage our residents at Heathside and The Mews to engage in various arts and crafts activities. Here are just a few of the many benefits we've observed:
1. Improving cognitive function
Creating art and crafts require concentration, problem-solving, and memory recall, all of which can help boost cognitive function. For people with dementia, it can also improve communication and reduce feelings of isolation.
2. Boosting mood
Engaging in a creative activity can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment, leading to a boost in mood and self-esteem. It can also serve as a positive distraction from any negative feelings or stress.
3. Encouraging socialisation
Participating in group art and craft sessions can provide opportunities for socialisation and reduce feelings of loneliness. This can be especially important for elderly people who may be at risk of isolation.
4. Providing a sense of purpose
Creating art and crafts can be a fulfilling activity that provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment. It can also help elderly people and those with dementia feel like they are contributing to society in a meaningful way.
At We Change Lives, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to engage in creative activities, regardless of age or ability. By providing these opportunities, we are promoting mental and emotional well-being and enhancing the overall quality of life for our residents!