Creativity Helps Keep Seniors Nimble

A study conducted by Tufts University Health & Nutrition suggests that creative exercises such as crafts and music can be just as beneficial as healthy eating and physical exercise.  The three-year study which followed older men and women who participated in arts activities found that after one year participants had fewer doctors’ visits, used less medication and experienced less depression and loneliness.  Gene Cohen, MD, Ph.D., director of The George Washington University Center on Aging, Health & Humanities attributes these positive outcomes to personal achievements found when creating work and growth due to the social aspect of arts programs., May 18, 2009

Written By: Barbara Hanson

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