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The Importance of Creativity


 Since we were little, our minds have been using creativity and inventing in many different ways that have changed and evolved. When we were kids, we used it to develop new ideas for made-up games or bring our toys to life. As we matured and developed into young adults, we used it to help us in different projects and aspects of school. When we became adults, we may have fallen back on it for things ranging from home projects to our jobs. Creativity is something we should never let go of. It's an essential part of the lives of seniors, too, as it may offer several benefits. Some of the advantages you may find are:

Mental Health Benefits:

  • Relax the mind
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve mood
  • Fight depression

Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boost Immune system
  • Increase hand-eye coordination
  • Reduce pain throughout the body
  • Decrease chances of dementia or other memory loss diseases

Emotional Health Benefits:

  • Strengthen relationships when done with others
  • Give feelings of accomplishment
  • Bring back positive memories

There are countless ways that seniors can stay imaginative. The beautiful thing about this is that there is no specific list of what can or cannot cause your brain to engage in inventive and artistic ways. People may find that certain things get their minds going more than others. It's all about personal preference. Common activities that are beneficial for seniors may include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Reading and writing
  • Sewing
  • Scrapbooking
  • Journaling
  • Listening to music and dancing

It's important that seniors participate in different things that strengthen different parts of their brains and bodies. For example, listening to music and dancing works innovative skills while also working on motor skills. On the other hand, journaling stimulates a different part of the brain. This is why it's important to switch up the activities being done.

At Evergreen Place in Champaign, one of the things we focus heavily on is our residents staying creative. We make sure your loved one is involved in activities that require them to be clever to maintain their mental sharpness. Call today at (217) 530 – 4300 or visit our website to learn more about our community. 

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