Art and Seniors: Drawing Outside the Lines
Research has shown that pursuing the fine arts later in life is known to help stimulate the aging brain. “Recent discoveries in neuroscience confirm that the brain, even beyond age 60 - if it’s fed a diet of complexity, newness and problem solving - can continuously develop throughout life,” said Francine Toder, a recently retired clinical psychologist. Activities that involve problem-solving and complex tasks feed the brain new information and works it like a muscle. As we get older, we develop more patience and see an increase in tolerance of frustration, both of which are key when trying to learn something new.