Published at Wednesday, 13 November 2019. Coloring Pages. By Genevie Ferrand.
Art therapy has long been proven as beneficial to seniors. Studies have shown that seniors who participate in art projects tend to use less medication and visit the doctor less often, and they often experience less depression. Whether art is practiced as a hobby, a career, or even a lifelong dream they’ve wanted to fulfill, it’s clear that using some creativity can improve overall quality of life.
Coloring has been found to be a meditative activity for seniors. Why is meditation important? First of all, it has been shown to increase the brain tissue connecting the two hemispheres, which activates both logic and creativity. Logic helps us choose the color for a particular section, while creativity helps us mix and match colors. Using both hemispheres together can help improve brain function and memory.
In addition to its stress-reducing value, coloring offers physical benefits like improved eye/hand coordination, dexterity, and fine motor skills…. all while building strength in the hand, fingers, and wrist. Art skills flourish with a growing awareness of color, pattern, detail, and repetition, and the increasing ability to “see like an artist”.
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