Many ageing people usually shy away from endeavors which require creativity by thinking that they may not be a match for the task. However, many of them nowadays are finding a new thrill in crafting as a hobby, and many of them are even becoming artistic pros with practice on various forms of craft as one-stroke painting, polymer clay and mosaic among others.
Many seniors are discovering the relaxing and creative hobby of one-stroke painting. With a few simple techniques, it is easy to create beautiful flowers, unique designs, butterflies and birds.
Projects that involve working with polymer clay are a wonderful choice for seniors who suffer from limited dexterity in their fingers or hands. As they work and soften the pliable clay, they also exercise their hands and fingers while creating useful or decorative objects.
Many seniors find that creating mosaics can be a great pastime. They can work with small or large pieces, depending upon their level of dexterity as well as their eyesight.
Women have passions which go beyond imagination. These disguised interests are manifested in the things women do out of interest, especially if it has anything to do with decorative creativity. Women usually spend their time in this field, perfecting anything around them to look better, and this is no exception for the ageing women too.
Individualism is a distinctive quality of boomer women. Whatever image we choose to present to the world, we have secret passions. These are the interests that intrigue us and determine how we relax and unwind. Our hobbies are what we do with “our time”.
For women, there also seems to be a universal desire to express our creativity. We have an insatiable desire to shape order from chaos and to create things that never existed before. Women who have children will understand this. We want to produce magic with paints, wool and glass or create beauty with words and music.
Hobbies shape our personalities, energize, inspire and connect us with other like-minded women. They often end up giving our life its meaning.
People tend to live ‘always busy lives’ all through their youthful years. At old age, when strength and responsibilities decline, ageing people find themselves idle and in great need of something they can do to relieve them the boredom. A more creative activity such as crafting can help keep them busy and this comes with a number of health benefits which they can gain too.
A sense of purpose is significant for seniors, especially if they spent the majority of their younger years defined by a career or by raising children and running a household. Once those responsibilities are lifted, seniors can sometimes develop an uncertainty about their purpose later in life. This can affect health and overall wellbeing. Participating in artistic activities, however, bolsters problem-solving skills and satisfaction that seniors can take into everyday life. Also, when seniors are able to share their handmade gifts with friends and family, they develop a sense of pride in what they have created.
Arts and crafts and other creative projects can help alleviate boredom and keep seniors’ minds busy, and may even help prevent feelings of depression. Furthermore, arts and crafts help with hand-eye coordination, cognitive abilities, and concentration.