Why do we paint? …We paint to communicate an idea and to express ourselves. Just as the physical body requires certain nutrients to survive, so does the human soul. Painting, like other arts, is therapeutic. Through expression, it helps in emotional release. This leads to a general sense of relief and over all better mental health. Several studies show that art can reduce depression and anxiety.
With art, the imagination and creativity of older adults can flourish in later life, helping them to realize un-lived potentials, even when suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. It also improves psychological resilience, and if done regularly shows improvement in introspection, self-monitoring and memory. Art is great for hand-eye coordination and increases ability to concentrate.
Keeping this in mind, we at Samvedna have included painting in our programme. Our senior activity centre members love the painting class, as it gives them an opportunity to express their creativity and imagination, without boundaries. Its nice to see them unwind as they paint, crack jokes, socialize and assist each other in learning new techniques. Creating artworks also gives the seniors renewed self-confidence, specially when it gets appreciated by family and friends!