Creativity and Aging

"We know the value of music, dance, theater, visual arts, poetry, and storytelling, for example. We know the value to the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of older adults. Research really is showing that creative engagement programs result in better health, fewer falls, reduced hip damage, fewer doctor visits, and diminished visual problems."


Research is revealing that it is a really great idea if people make space in their lives for some sort of creative pursuit. Many of us have creative interests that we had put aside as we developed careers and raised families. For others this is an opportunity to explore something completely new. Below are some resources that might help you on your journey!

Author Julie Cameron looks at retirement years as a grand new adventure! This book is a 12 week course aimed at helping you develop and embrace your creativity.


Learning the cello later in life inspired this author to write about the benefits of creativity on the mature brain.


The Ancient Artist: A blog about creativity for people 50 and over.


Eva Zeisel had a 75 year career as a ceramics artist. She was active in her craft until she passed at the age of 105 in 2011. She presented this TEDTalk at the age of 95!

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