Creative pursuits can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but they can also provide some great health benefits as you get older. Expressing your creative self enhances your quality of life and nurtures your overall wellbeing.
When you participate in creative activities you are actively engaged in life, which is one of the cornerstones of healthy ageing.
Participating in creative activities can:
- Aid relaxation;
- Reduce anxiety and depression;
- Provide a sense of meaning and purpose;
- Encourage playfulness and a sense of humour;
- Improve cognition;
- Foster a stronger sense of identity;
- Increase self-esteem;
- Nurture spirituality; and
- Reduce boredom.
So, if you've always wanted to learn how to draw, write poetry, make films, knit or pursue any other creative outlets, then there is no time like the present. Here at Jewish Care Interact, we've pulled together some ideas and resources to get you started.
In our digital age, there are many different ways to learn. You may choose to attend a class or use books or other written materials, or else you may prefer to learn online by finding an online course or browsing around to see what's on YouTube.
Classes for all manner of creative pursuits are available all around the UK at galleries, universities, colleges, community centres and other locations.