Creativity Can Last Well into Old Age, as Long as Creators Stay Open to New Ideas

Though some artists may claim their creativity disappeared later in life, trying new things and adapting one’s art form may lead to new found creativity. “Those people who have from the beginning developed complex lives with multiple interests and multiple talents, and continued to develop psychological complexity and tolerance for ambiguity, those people continue to do very well in later adulthood,” said Gary Gute, professor and director of the Creative Life Research Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Take Marilee Shapiro, 101-year-old Washington, DC resident who at 88 transitioned from creating large scale bronze sculptures to creating artwork on her computer.
Washington Post, November 21, 2013