Every Tuesday, since March 2017, residents at Westbank Care Home, are joined by an artist from Creative Minds, who are an arts organisation devised of passionate artists, delivering therapeutic art sessions to care homes, learning disability services and other venues across the UK.
Creative Minds believe that creating art empowers people, and that it should be accessible to all, regardless of age or ability. We are pleased to host art sessions every Tuesday, at Westbank, where our residents can participate in creating unique art works.
From the very first session, back in March, Creative Minds have reported some positive stories. One gentleman who only has one functioning hand, and usually prefers not partake in social activities, but on this occasion chose to join in, was thrilled with his work and the achievement. Everyone was delighted that he had been inspired to get involved with the group and that he gained such confidence from it.
Louise Howland, Activities Coordinator at Westbank, commented, “These art sessions are such a fantastic outlet for our residents, who enjoy relaxing, whilst painting, gluing, moulding or sculpting. We have also had a brilliant response from family and friends of Westbank, who sometimes join in with the activity.”
In recent years there have been many studies that prove art can be very therapeutic but also help with cognitive stimulation, self-confidence, expression and social interaction.
Across all New Century Care Homes, we understand the benefits of incorporating expressive arts into programs for older adults, for those who are living with dementia, have Parkinson’s, or other health problems, and is an important part of our organised activities.
Clinical research validates that creating art in various forms is an essential component of activities, and offer a wide range of health benefits. Several studies show that art can reduce depression and anxiety that are often symptomatic of ill health. Other research demonstrates that the imagination and creativity of older adults can flourish in later life, helping them to realise previously unexplored potential, and can even lower the risk of the first signs of dementia by up to 73%.
We look forward to seeing what our group creates in their art next session. For more information on Creative Minds, please contact them here. For more information on the events, or activities organised by Westbank Care Home, please speak to our team via our contact details.
Creative Minds visit Westbank Care Home every Tuesday to deliver art sessions.