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                Art for Seniors

  ART FOR SENIORS

 

You’re never too old to try something new! Adults 55 and older can develop new talents through a variety of art courses and absolutely have a lot of fun in the process. No experience is necessary, and it’s always a casual, no pressure environment where you can feel comfortable, do it at your own pace, and get your creative juices flowing.

 

Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psycho-therapeutic relationship,” according to the American Art Therapy Association.

Utilizing Art Therapy, with the guidance of a credentialed art therapist, individuals can ‘decode’ the nonverbal messages, symbols, and metaphors often found in art forms which “should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so they can move on to resolve deeper issues.”

ZMAG Started their Senior Art Program in 2016, Art with Seniors courses were created to tap the potential of older adults and provide a creative outlet for personal expression. Courses typically last six to ten weeks and enable older adults to learn a variety of art methods. All courses are taught by local artists, and are typically hosted in assisted living communities, senior centers, community centers and art museums. 

 

This art program for seniors has a great value, both to the individuals involved and to society as a whole. Older adults are creators, mentors, teachers, tutors, and advisors, sharing the wisdom that they have gained through a lifetime of experience. As role models, they show us how to age creatively by sharing their unique perspectives on life, and teach younger artists what it is like to grow old.

 

ZMAG Senior Art Program was conceived in answer to the growing need for worthwhile directed activities in our community senior centers and to provide valuable community-based learning experiences for seniors.

 

Art therapy isn’t about being the best artist in the room. It’s about the connections between creative choices made and one’s inner life.

 

Program Benefits

 

Here at ZMAG we can attest to the significance, efficiency, and effectiveness of expressive art activities. Such activities offer a wide range of benefits, including the following:

  • helping individuals relax;

  • providing a sense of control;

  • reducing depression and anxiety;

  • assisting in socialization;

  • encouraging playfulness and a sense of humor;

  • improving cognition;

  • offering sensory stimulation;

  • fostering a stronger sense of identity;

  • increasing self-esteem;

  • nurturing spirituality; and

  • reducing boredom.

 

Improved quality of life, including the distraction from physical pain, stimulation of cognitive faculties and an outlet for personal expression, Improved connections with family and friends that can last beyond the classroom setting. We would be happy to provide our art courses for seniors in your community.