“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
Creativity and the arts have long been championed as important in every stage of life, but did you know they are especially important and beneficial in your retirement years? From reducing stress to increasing problem-solving skills, fine and performing arts not only feed your creativity— they improve your entire lifestyle.
Good For the Mind, Good For the Soul
How do the arts improve physical health and quality of life? A study created by the National Endowment for the Arts and George Washington University measured the impact of community-based cultural programs on the general health, mental health, and social activities of people age 65 and older. The results of the study showed that those adults involved weekly in an arts program reported:
- Better health, fewer doctor visits, and less medication usage
- More positive responses on the mental health measures
- More involvement in overall activities
Arts and culture are integral to well-being at all stages, but notably when reaching retirement age. The Journal of Aging Studies reported that aging adults involved in creative activities felt a stronger sense of purpose, competence, and growth, and reported stronger development in problem-solving skills, motivation, and management of their everyday lives.
“Community-based cultural programs for older adults appear to be reducing risk factors that drive the need for long-term care.” – Creativity and Aging Study
Being involved in the arts doesn’t have to include portrait exhibitions or instrumental performances. Simply listening to music alone can decrease stress, lower your blood pressure, increase mental alertness, and improve your memory and mood.
Dance also improves health and well-being. According to the University of California at Berkeley, dance improves balance, walking speed, reaction time, and cognitive performance. It can also count as your workout; the study found it to be as effective as a moderate aerobic exercise program at improving heart health. Studies also show dancing helps reduce depression, anxiety, and stress.
Join in on the Fun
Retirement is the stage of reinvention and following your passions, the perfect time to chase a lifelong fine arts dream. Community theaters, arts organizations, galleries, and music schools all offer opportunities for reconnecting and engaging in the arts. Opportunities to try something new abound. College towns in particular offer a wide variety of entertainment, culinary endeavors, activities, festivals, and more. Long considered to be the most “diverse, and intellectually stimulating places in the country”, college towns like Lawrence add a dimension of intermingling of demographics and energy. How can you bring the arts into your life?
The benefits of exploring the arts later in life are nearly as numerous and varied as the opportunities available to do so. Enrich your retirement through one or many of these avenues, and tap into the diverse experiences awaiting you!
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