Art is one of those things that just about everyone can do. It’s also a great elder care activity that can cater to a wide range of interests. It doesn’t matter whether the senior doesn’t believe that he or she has any real artistic abilities; when there’s desire, or even passing interest, then it’s possible to get involved in art.
April 8th is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day and even though you don’t have to actually draw a picture of a bird, it’s a good reminder that are surrounds us and it can become part of your life, if you let it.
Why is art so popular among seniors as they age? For one thing, the number of activities that seniors can participate in begins to decline over time. That means instead of sitting around being bored, they may be more interested in activities that they might not have thought about in the past, such as drawing pictures or taking part in other artistic endeavors.
Birds are one of the easiest things to draw, depending on how detailed you’re going to be about the creature. Of course, you can always have the senior begin with the basics, such as the shape, beak, claws and talons. Or even a flock of birds in a sky scene. These birds could be little more than a couple of ‘Ws’ flying through the air.
If you don’t have any artistic abilities and are concerned about how to get the senior to be interested in art, remember that you aren’t there to ‘make’ anyone do anything. You can certainly encourage them and one way is to find a local adult art class for beginners, or whatever level they might be when it comes to artistic endeavors.
You can contact the local senior center, or nearest one, to find out what they may have as far as art classes are concerned. They might not recognize that April 8th is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day, but that’s not the main focal point of this article. It’s about getting involved in other activities that are not only great for their emotional health, but also positive forces for their mental health as well.
When it comes to positive elderly home care or any other type of elder care, art is a great activity for seniors of any age and almost any physical capabilities.
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