Is the ability to express ideas and emotions in artful ways that would include but is not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, singing, physical activity, music and movement, dance, writing, storytelling, drama and cooking.
The process of aging is a profound experience marked by increasing physical and emotional change and a heightened search for meaning and purpose. Creative expression is important for older people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of economic status, age, or level of physical, emotional, or cognitive functioning. The arts can serve as a powerful way to engage elders in a creative and healing process of self-expression, enhancing both individual and community quality of life.
BENEFITS OF ENGAGING IN CREATIVE EXPRESSION FOR OLDER ADULTS:
Sense of control empowerment and mastery
Positive attitude and zest of life
Enhance cognitive and physical function
Decrease reliance on certain medication
Decrease sense of isolation
Increase sense of wellbeing
Health promotion; reduce risk factors for disease and disability
Joanne Morcom is a Calgary social worker and Certified Laughter Leader and Joyologist with the World Laughter Tour. She's also a published poet with five haiku poetry collections to her credit. She was a judge in the 2020 Haiku Poetry…