Start the summer off with creativity and promote healthy aging! There is a growing body of research exploring the relationship between aging and creativity. Creativity influences your mind and body. It fosters communication and expression that is both healing and embraces the wholeness inherent in each of us. Creative activities provide you with opportunities to heal and continue to grow.
"Experiencing the arts has the added benefit of stimulating your brain centers and impacting your cognitive functioning. When you are moved by a performance, your limbic system is stimulated. Your temporal lobe is engaged when listening or watching a performance that arouses your emotions. When you explore the visual arts, you process what you see through many different parts of your brain. When you dance, your motor cortex is stimulated. Each experience in appreciating or participating in a wide range of the arts can improve your attention and concentration. Enjoying a rich tapestry of any kind of artist endeavor connects you with your own humanity!" - Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
What do you do to express your creativity? What would you like to try?