ARTS & CRAFTS.
Here are ways art programs enrich and enhance the lives of adults:
Recreation—Whether making a homemade gift, decorating for a special event, illustrating a thought, or working on a practical craft project, creating artwork is a pleasurable way to spend leisure time.
Self-expression— The act of creating is a powerful way to share our lives with others. By making a work of art, we announce, "This is who I am. This is what I want to say." Expressive art provides vivid access to memories, and is a useful starting point for reminiscence and life review.
Communication—People who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally are often able to communicate through visual means. For seniors dealing with the effects of a stroke, Alzheimer's, or other condition that causes speech difficulty, visual art can provide an alternative way to connect.
Socialization—Seniors who participate in the arts are less likely to experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. Art is a way of introducing ourselves to others. People are more likely to "come out of their shells" during shared experiences of play, fun, and spontaneity. Friendships grow during cooperative projects, or just from working side by side and discussing each other's creations.
Intellectual stimulation—Communication through art media exercises the brain and promotes memory health. An art project can represent a stimulating challenge to be met, inviting us to stretch our minds and look at the world in a new way.
Emotional well-being—Creative activity taps into the emotions and allows us to more openly experience and express our feelings. Participation in the arts has been shown to decrease stress and depression. It also promotes enhanced self-esteem.
Physical benefits—Drawing, sculpting, and assembling artwork are beneficial for coordination and small motor movements. Studies have also shown that creative activity lessens pain and even enhances the immune system.
Come and Join us at our Arts & Crafts club. If you have some spare time and are a little bored. Then there is plenty to do at Art & Crafts. We are in no way skilled in this area, but we enjoy having a go and making the most of each others company.