Remember being outside the school theater, waiting to see the cast list for the spring play? Or when taking a ceramics class was required and choir practice took place three times per week? These memories can leave a person longing for yesteryear. After all, many artistic opportunities dwindle post high school. Although, this is not the case for some senior citizens.
Throughout the years, there has been much talk about the aging population of baby boomers. But not all reports are true. With excellent health and good retirement plans, senior citizens are finding care facilities that meet their needs and interests.
In fact, some retirees are looking to artists colonies as places to live, remain active, and continue dreaming.
Retire in an Artist Colony
A new concept of retirement living is sweeping the west coast. In California, a number of senior artists colonies are springing up. These community living environments are purposed to offer art programs, physical activity classes, and encourage overall wellness in residents.
What makes these locations different from other retirement facilities is the enthusiasm participants have for the arts. This novel concept is attracting people who were (or are still) professional actors, singers, writers, painters, and more. It also appeals to those who are connoisseurs of the arts. These populations even welcome people who have always dreamt of becoming artists. With opportunities to live in senior artists colonies, these individuals are fulfilling their lifelong dreams.
Benefits of Art for Senior Adults
Regardless of the artistic path a person pursues, the results are destined to be positive. The act of creating a work of art is rewarding to the individual, and can boost his or her health and wellbeing. Some studies have reported that “older adults who participate in art programs have fewer doctor visits and lower healthcare costs, use less medication, experience a lower rate of depression, and even have fewer risk factors for entering a nursing home.”
In retirement years, art becomes more than a form of recreation and self-expression. It includes intellectual stimulation, emotional well-being, and physical benefits too. For those who spend retirement years in the throes of artistic interest, any living environment can feel like an artist community.
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