Creative Aging

What is Creative Aging?

Creative Aging classes are designed for participants ages 55 and up, with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other obstacles. Here at West Valley Arts, we seek to especially serve seniors with limited resources so they too have access to the benefits of the arts.

Creative Aging is an international movement to advance the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging. It is a hybrid field that focuses on creative and artistic engagement of older adults.

Our Mission

To enhance quality of life of older adults-emotionally, physically, and cognitively through the arts.

Here at West Valley Arts, we seek to especially serve seniors with limited resources so they too have access to the benefits of the arts.

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Choose From Several Creative Aging Programs

Visual Arts:

  • A fine-art painting class with various mediums and styles.
  • Watercolor
  • Acrylic
  • Alcohol Ink and MORE!
  • Each week’s work builds on the previous week’s.
  • The teaching artist is fully trained in conducting a variety of classes, including classes for individuals with physical/mental challenges.

Dance:

  • The focus is on building their skills and confidence by learning incremental dance steps. The intended results and benefits include an increase in balance and coordination, reduce the risk of falls, and provide the benefit of socializing with each other. 
  • It will be a fun way to connect mind to body by using improvisation, choreography, and storytelling. 
  • Those participating can include those who are wheelchair-bound or use a walker or cane. 

Music:

  • Classes are designed to engage participants’ memory, happiness and/or confidence through music!
  • Professionally trained teachers create a fun and safe space to enjoy the songs of their past.
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The Benefits of Arts on Aging

The core concepts of Creative Aging have been developed from what we have learned from many scientific studies. One of the most notable studies is the 2006 study “The Creativity and Aging Study” by Dr. Gene Cohen, former Director, Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities at George Washington University and the National Endowment of the Arts. This study concluded positive results such as:
Better Health, fewer doctor visits, and less use of medication
More positive responses on mental health measures & elevated mood
More involvement in overall social activities & greater independence
Seniors who participated in activities that delivered a sense of control and mastery AND in social engagement experienced positive health outcomes.

OUR CREATIVE AGING ARTS CLASSES ARE A COMBINATION OF BOTH!

Arts and cultural activities for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s also produced:

Enhanced communication
Improved attention
Increased moments of pleasure
To learn more about this study and other resources on the benefits of the arts and aging go here: Additional Resources

Offered In Person, Digitally Recorded, or over Zoom Live! For more information, contact our Program Director at

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