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Why Creative Stimulation Is Crucial for Seniors

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on September 5, 2016

Creative activities are fun for seniors to partake in and can also enhance their overall quality of life. The Chandler respite care experts at Home Care Assistance discuss a few ways creative stimulation can positively impact your aging loved one’s health.

Writing Boosts Brain Function and Prevents Neurological Disorders

Creative writing stimulates brain cells. By writing down thoughts and using creativity to develop stories, your loved one can have fun while preserving his or her memory. Creative writing can also help prevent Parkinson’s disease because the act of writing delivers electrical impulses to the areas of the brain that control movement. These impulses also block abnormal signals that cause tremors, difficulty with speech, slowness, and stiffness. 

Playing Music and Dancing Increases Balance 

Approximately one-third of Americans over age 65 falls each year, which can lead to more serious issues, including chronic illnesses. However, playing a musical instrument or creating a dance routine can help seniors achieve better balance and reduce their risk of falling. These types of creative activities can increase mobility, coordination, and awareness, reduce pain, and facilitate recovery after an injury.

Drawing and Painting Relieves Stress

If your loved one has nothing to look forward to, he or she may fall into a deep depression. However, creative stimulation can reduce your loved one’s stress levels and provide the encouragement and inspiration he or she needs. Aging can be stressful if seniors feel they are losing their independence, but participating in creative activities like drawing and painting can give them a sense of purpose. Being creative can give your loved one a better outlook on life and pull him or her out of a depressive state. When your loved one alleviates stress, anxiety, and depression, he or she also reduces the risk of a stroke, obesity, heart disease, and other serious health conditions. 

Gardening Regulates the Immune System 

Building a garden allows your loved one to be as creative as he or she would like. Your loved one can choose the type of flowers, trees, fruits, and vegetables he or she wants to grow and decide where to plant these items. When being creative outdoors, your loved one is also receiving vitamin D from the sun, which can help his or her immune system fight off a cold or the flu. Even the dirt that gets stuck under his or her fingernails can provide health benefits. Mycobacterium vaccae is a common bacterium found in garden soil that alleviates allergies, asthma, and psoriasis. Working in the soil can also help alleviate your loved one’s stress. Gardening is a creative and physical activity that helps the blood flow properly to the brain and reduces inflammation.

To learn more about the benefits of creative stimulation in the senior years, reach out to Chandler Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to provide mental and social stimulation, assist with exercise, and help with a wide variety of important daily tasks. For more information on the senior care Chandler, AZ, families rely on, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 480.448.6215 today.