Aging can present challenges and become difficult to adjust to. As we age, our bones lose tissue, our muscles decrease in size and our brains cognitive functionality changes. These effects of aging can reduce the ability to partake in particular activities, especially for senior citizens. However, there are therapeutic activities that assist with improving an individual’s health and functionality. Therapeutic activities are soothing movements that support the well-being of seniors, in spite of their health conditions.
Cognitive Benefit of Art Therapy
Cognitive behaviors involve conscious intellectual activity that can be increased with arts & crafts. When an older individual is exposed to these activities, it provides mental stimulation. Stimulating the mind can trigger long-forgotten memories, which can be really helpful for those suffering from memory loss. The American Art Therapy Association explains that art therapy “is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness.” Art therapy, among various other forms of therapy, is part of our holistic approach to senior living at Spring Hills Senior Communities.