Creativity May be the Key to Healthy Aging

It's not often that healthy living is so fun. But by acting in a play, jamming on the saxophone, or participating in any other creative activity, older adults can increase the blood flow to their brains, strengthen their immune system and ward off depression, according to multiple studies. What's more, being creative comes to us naturally as we age: older adults are more likely to be outspoken, have more life experiences, and pay attention to a broader scope of knowledge. Given the perfect combination of the benefits of creative activities and an aptitude for them, reporter Darby Patterson predicts, "The world can expect a renaissance of healthy, elder artists as we embrace creativity as a tool for successful aging."
Spectrum Online, March 8, 2011

Written By: Darby Patterson

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