Staying creative throughout the senior years can help stave off cognitive decline and feelings of depression and boredom. However, some seniors may have a difficult time finding inspiration or deciding on a creative project that appeals to them. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care Vancouver families trust, has a few tips to help get your aging loved one’s creative juices flowing.
Start an Inspiration Folder
Inspiration does not always strike at the most convenient times, which is why many artists keep a folder or scrapbook to hold all of their ideas. Your loved one may want to save clippings from magazines, a few lines from a song, or even pictures he or she is inspired by. When it comes time to draw, paint, or write, your loved one can simply open the folder or scrapbook to find inspiration.
Encourage Your Loved One to Record Memories
No matter what type of artistic projects your loved one would like to tackle, you should encourage him or her to write down memories. This simple habit is one of the most effective ways to activate the areas of the brain associated with spatial awareness and reasoning. If limited dexterity prevents your loved one from typing or using a pen, suggest using a voice recorder instead.
Find a Cathartic Task He or She Enjoys
Catharsis refers to a moment when someone is able to regain control of his or her thoughts and feelings after purging repressed emotions. Being able to reset our minds allows us to take a look at problems with a fresh perspective, and creative endeavors are often significantly helpful with this process. Some of the most common tasks that help people achieve catharsis include yoga, meditation, and gardening, though creative hobbies like painting or writing may be even more effective.
Create a Makerspace
If designed properly, the layout of a makerspace can foster creativity. Depending on how much space there is to work with, your loved one’s creative area can be a clean garage, a desk in the corner of a room, or anywhere he or she feels comfortable working. The makerspace should be stocked with pens, paper, paintbrushes, a small radio, your loved one’s inspiration folder, and anything else that helps him or her maintain a clear mind.
If your loved one needs help participating in creative activities, reach out to Vancouver Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers make wonderful companions and can also help with a variety of everyday tasks like cooking, bathing, and exercise. In addition to respite and live-in care, we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia care Vancouver seniors can rely on. For more information on our at-home care services, call a friendly Case Manager at 778-279-3634 today.