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‘The miracle of art’.

The beauty of living within a community of like-minded people is not only the spirit of friendship, but also looking out for one another.


When a tight knit group of residents at Affinity Village became aware of the benefits of painting, they wasted no time in forming an art group to help out their village friend who was unwell and had not painted in years. Residents were invited to catch up weekly and the artistic juices now flourish while the benefits are reaped!


Allied Health Professions Australia suggest that an art hobby such as sketching and painting (within a form of art therapy) can be particularly beneficial by:

 

  • Expressing feelings that may be difficult to verbalise
  • Exploring imagination and creativity
  • Developing healthy coping skills and focus
  • Improving self-esteem and confidence
  • Increasing communication skills
  • Improving motor skills and physical co-ordination

Resident’s within the art group believe that by allowing their friend to be creative and put his hands to work, he has been able to enjoy his art again, whilst also enabling him to explore new creative avenues. Some residents even saying it’s ‘the miracle of art’.

 

As Mr Thomas Merton once said, 'Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time’, which is perfectly depicted by the fantastic resident artwork on display.

 

There's no place quite like a retirement community to get creative and help out a friend.

 

Source: Allied Health Professions Australia, https://ahpa.com.au/allied-health-professions/art-therapy/