Creative expression is vital for healthy aging. Research shows that mental activity stimulated by the arts can be especially beneficial to people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) aims to meet the developmental needs of adults through creative engagement, sense memory and self-expression. According to the NCCA, as people grow older, the number of people with cognitive disabilities increases and more people will be diagnosed with brain and memory-related illnesses. Art programs, including music, dance, language arts, sculpting, among many other programs help create opportunities for people with cognitive disabilities.
Is there a local art program you are involved with? If so, share it here.
To find an arts program in your community, visit the NCCA website at www.creativeaging.org.