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Creative Aging Matters, part 2


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Abbe We continue discussing the importance of creative aging by introducing the impacts of making art on the individual’s image of self. Our writer Karen Kaplita states, “Personal expression and immersive focus of attention during art creation help strengthen brain connections, leading to greater self-awareness and reduced negative emotional experience.” You learn a lot from your own work, not only about art as a whole but also about who you are as an artist. What you create comes from within, whether it be pure imagination or drawn from real inspiration. Knowing that your art reflects you in some shape or form opens your eyes and makes you think about what directions you wish to take your creativity further. Kaplita continues, “Imagination and creativity of older adults can flourish in later life, helping them to realize unique, untapped potentials, even when dealing with chronic illnesses… art creation can promote lifelong increases in self-esteem, self-confidence and sense of identity. Positive feedback… boosts one’s self-esteem and strengthens morale.” That one phrase, “positive feedback,” stands out in that there are some who don’t create as much or as often because they create as a hobby, so not many people actually get to see their work. But a lot of people don’t realize that showing your work to others not only helps with editing, revising, or new ideas, but also with a positive self-image. It’s motivational to hear feedback, whether it’s from family, friends, or peers. Do you know anyone who re-discovered their potential to create beautiful pieces of art later in life? Have you been looking for the motivation to create? Let’s talk; comment your stories below! You never know who you could inspire! The last part of “Creative Aging Matters” will be coming soon, so keep a look out for more from us at Arts Escape.

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