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We have already talked about the several ways in which the administrators of King David Community Center try organize enjoyable and productive recreational activities for our clients. We have talked about the miraculous effect consistent activity and peaked interest has on the wellbeing of elderly people; the role gardening-therapy plays in keeping up vitality, for instance, or the benefits of knitting and embroidery on fine motor skills, and calming the nervous-system when necessary. Now, we would also like to tell you a little about the benefits of art-therapy.
There is a medical term, refered to as “Pensioner’s Disease”. This term refers to the sickly state which overcomes elderly people when, due to their fading health, they are forced to turn away from activities and hobbies they have devoted most of their lives to – unwillingly abandoning socially useful activity, and retreating in to their inner-world. People in this state suffer from a lack of communication and social interaction, feelings of their own futility, and a loss of familiar self-identification; consequently, this leads to increased fatigue, insomnia, and greatly increased development of chronic diseases.
It is for cases like this, that we have created the many helpful classes and activities at King David Community Center – to provide seniors and retirees new opportunities they previously did not have time for, know about, or think they would have access to. Our classes can effectively replace social interactions, compensate for their new excess of free time, and offer much more medical and emotional benefit.
Usually, our classes are associated with different forms of creative activities; as scientists have proven that even small but regular creative activities and interactions can awaken an elderly person's vitality, strength, and overall desire to live.
Surely, you have already explored some of the creative activities offered and practiced by the specialists at King David Community Center. On this page, we would like to further explain some of the ways to engage in active relaxation, offered by the Center.
First of all – Painting, which has an enormous anti-stress effect, and offers tremendous opportunity for self-expression. Truly, the works of our seniors, on display at the Community Center, captivate not only with their design and innate life-experience, but also with their brilliant execution. They are an amazing sight – especially when you realize you are looking at the work of a beginner. Drawing and painting, much like fine needlework, as part of art-therapy, also improves fine motor skills and stabilizes memory loss. Not to mention the scenery our artists paint, often being not only the subject, but also the setting in which we work, helps nourish the body with fresh air; increasing the flow of oxygen through an elderly blood-stream also being a beneficial side-effect, much to the joy of any doctor.
Second – a lovely exercise for elderly people is dancing; helping maintain great shape, and admittedly, even offering the opportunity for a bit of flirting. After all, love conquers all ages.
Third – the singing lessons also offered at the Community Center are shown to greatly vent and cleanse the entire respiratory system, relieve symptoms of depression, and even improve memory.
Thus, we conclude that the power of art-therapy for older people is in that it activates those areas of the brain that they may not have used in a long time, or are in danger of not using again. And everyone here at King David Community Center is gladly committed to use such opportunities wherever and whenever they can, in seeking to extend the lives of our clients with many more active and fulfilling years.