Creative Aging Calgary Society was established in 2009 in an effort to promote and educate on the positive and vibrant benefits creative aging can have on older adults’ well being. Over the years we have engaged in hosting various educational symposium for practitioners, caregivers and seniors who would like to learn about how to implement creative practices in their daily life.
In the past few years we have started creating more programs that focus on helping seniors who live in isolation gain access to creative inspiration and activity. This includes our Pop Art Sessions, Collaborative Murals, Art Kits for Seniors and our new Youtube Channel. You can check out our programs here.
Vibrant and positive aging
To increase awareness of the positive impact that arts participation can have on older adults
• Increasing opportunities for arts participation
• Building capacity for social inclusion
• Individual and collective growth
• Evidence-informed practices
• Cutting-edge learning opportunities
• Strength of community collaboration
As a leader in promoting vibrant and positive aging, our mission is to increase awareness of the positive impact that arts participation can have for older adults.
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.
What is creative expression?
Creative expression 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, cooking.
Benefits of engaging in creative expression for older adults:
- sense of control, empowerment and mastery
- social engagement
- positive attitude and zest for life
- enhanced cognitive and physical function
- decrease reliance on certain medication
- decrease sense of isolation
- increase sense of wellbeing
- health promotion; reduced risk factors for disease and disability