I am especially excited to begin sharing the latest research on how creative practices have been proven to help us live longer, healthier lives. Not that living to 100 is something we all aspire to (it’s a personal thing); but if we are going to be around, we may as well feel good – more importantly we may as well remember
that we feel good.
We have all noticed it – might have been at 32, 42, or 52, but somewhere along the way we opened a cabinet and forgot what we were looking for. Or, the elusive car keys became so hard to find that we adopted the “always put it in the exact same spot” rule for nearly everything that needs to be handy. The good news is that it doesn’t have to all go downhill rapidly – in fact, protecting your memory can be a whole lot of fun. Here’s a something worth remembering:
Creativity protects our brains from aging: Translation? Less Memory Loss.
According to a Mayo Clinic study, people who engage in art activities (painting, drawing and sculpting; crafts, like woodworking, pottery, ceramics, quilting, quilling and sewing) in middle and old age may delay cognitive decline in very old age. To quote: “Our study supports the idea that engaging the mind may protect neurons, or the building blocks of the brain, from dying, stimulate growth of new neurons, or may help recruit new neurons to maintain cognitive activities in old age” (American Academy of Neurology, 2015).
In other words, whether you decide to sing (regularly) in the shower, paint with your kids, garden, cook, knit or sculpt, know that these joyful experiences not only have benefits in the moment, but they are moments you will definitely remember.