Senior adults showcase art during COVID-19
Senior adults residing at Buckner Villas senior living community used their free time during the COVID-19 pandemic to create, paint and sew.
Last week, the residents showcased what they are calling their ‘Corona Creations’ throughout the community. Thirty-four residents chose to display their pieces that vary from paintings, woodwork, homemade bookmarks and more.
Displayed in a central location on the campus, residents came across the art show almost every time they leave their rooms. The pieces serve as an inspiration to some that they too can take an art class, wood working class or spend time outside gardening.
“What they have spent their time creating during social distancing is amazing,” said Janet Burnett, life enrichment director at Buckner Villas. “Our residents arrive at Buckner Villas from diverse backgrounds and with lifetimes of experiences. They bring us their talents and their passions and that produces a community where everyone is learning new skills and hobbies from each other and sharing their gifts. During a time when our group classes and activities are paused, it is truly inspiring to see our residents’ desire to make beautiful art and clothing has continued.”
For senior adults, the regular participation in hobbies has five key benefits: enhanced brain function, increased socialization opportunities, reduced stress and anxiety, better health/increased physical activity and a greater sense of purpose. Through arts and crafts, senior adults also maintain mobility and dexterity in their joints. These benefits are important during the unprecedented times everyone is currently facing, especially senior adults as one of the most vulnerable populations.
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