The Power of Art in Retirement Communities

Senior citizens painting competition at Queens Avenue Retirement Residence

Most Oakville senior residences will have a robust activities program to help enrich their residents’ lives and provide them ample opportunities to participate in current hobbies and to find new ones. That can include wine and cheese socials to running viewings of I Love Lucy, but at Queens, we also find that art and creative expression are important. 

What Kind of Art Can You Make in a Senior Living Community? 

If you live somewhere like Queens Avenue Retirement Residence, we have many opportunities to sign up for programs or classes that contribute to your well-being through art.  This can give our residents a sense of accomplishment and joy that only creating something with your own hands can bring. 

In our Oakville senior residence, we are proactive about providing options to create for our residents, that’s why we’ve had such programs as: 

  • Painting 
  • Tie-dye 
  • Drawing 
  • Knitting Circles 
  • Crafts 
  • Haiku writing 

We take fun seriously, and we make it our mission to include art and creative expression in our activities calendar monthly, but there are also health benefits associated with art. 

What Are the Benefits of Making Art in My Retirement Community? 

The most obvious plus is that it’s fun and interesting, but there are numerous benefits to your mental and physical health. Some of these include: 

  • Helping with relaxation. 
  • Establishing a sense of control.
  • Improving communication and socialization with the rest of the community. 
  • Encouraging humour and playfulness. 
  • Helping prevent depression and anxiety. 
  • Improving cognition. 
  • Reducing feelings of pain.
  • Providing sensory stimulation to help keep the senses sharp. 
  • Fostering a strong sense of identity. 
  • Increasing self-esteem. 
  • Reducing boredom. 

And creating something is its own reward. If you’ve painted something you are proud of, you can place it in your suite so you can enjoy it for years to come or give it to a loved one as a gift. Our knitting circle is popular for both of these! 

Join a Retirement Community that Encourages Your Creativity

Art is an important part of life. It lets us express ourselves and enjoy life in a way that a lot of other kinds of activities can’t. We’ve seen our residents create some beautiful artwork, and even more, residents have a lot of fun while getting to know the other members of their community. If you’d like to know more about how we encourage creative expression or would like to book a tour, call us at (905) 815-0862 xt 106 or visit our website to contact us. 

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