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Top 3 Proven Health Benefits of Art for Older Adults

We lay out the hard evidence that art greatly benefits all people, all ages!


Photo by: Sarah Pflug

Art doesn’t only benefit the young.

It also benefits the young at heart! At Art Pazionate, our painting and drawing classes for adults in Singapore provide a plethora of benefits to the physical and mental health of our adult students.

However, some older adults think that they can’t participate in Art Pazionate’s art classes for teens & adults unless they are fully qualified artists creating majestic sculptures and paintings. Some even stray far away from any adult drawing & painting class in Singapore, all because they hold the false idea that they would have to work together with an art therapist in a sterile, clinical-like setting to fully reap the benefits of art.

However, we are all born with an innate desire for creative expression. In fact, there is a mounting body of substantial evidence that proves recreational art activities—from drawing classes to watercolor painting for adults in Singapore—can greatly benefit both the mental and physical health of older adults.

Read on for our top 3 proven health benefits of art for older adults!

1. Reduces Risks of Young-Onset Dementia

Singapore is home to one of the fastest-ageing populations in the Asia-Pacific region. In fact, in 2015, National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) Neuroscience Clinic (Tan Tock Seng Hospital Campus) diagnosed 179 patients with young-onset dementia—a fivefold increase from 2011.

Once regarded as a condition that affects only the elderly aged over 65, young-onset dementia among older adults is now projected to double by 2030.

However, prevention is always better than cure! You can wield paintbrushes, not weapons, to defend yourself and reduce the risks of young-onset dementia before it happens. Participating in our painting and drawing classes for adults in Singapore—from watercolor painting, canvas painting to drawing lessons—can help with creative self-expression. With no end goal in mind, simply draw out all of your mental states, emotions, thoughts, and ideas on canvas, It is a mentally stimulating activity that will keep your brain constantly engaged to help reduce the risks of young-onset dementia.

2. Improves Mental Health and Sense of Well-being

We know, we know—art classes for teens & adults can help improve your mental health and sense of well-being. While there is a ton of anecdotal evidence out there to support this, allow us to give you the hard evidence. Research has found that engaging in recreational art activities such as watercolor painting, canvas painting and drawing lessons does lower your stress levels and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm (Scott, E 2018) This results in improved mental health and sense of well-being, which increases your ability to manage both your work and familial responsibilities in healthier ways.

3. Elevates Social Awareness and Engagement

“Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say, darkness, light, body and
color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”
— Leonardo da Vinci

Regular, active engagement in our recreational painting and drawing classes for adults in Singapore will get you into “the zone” or “state of flow”. This refers to the meditative-like state in which you find yourself unconsciously pouring all your energy into even the smallest details of your watercolor painting, canvas painting and drawing. It trains you to pay more attention to the details in the environment of your drawing & painting class. In turn, through brain chemicals and neuroscience, this elevates your social awareness and engagement with the people around you. This reduces stress and increases relationship healing between you, your dependents and more!

Come and experience the healing joys of creating art by enrolling into our wide range of watercolor painting, canvas painting and drawing lessons for adults in Singapore! For more information or to register your interest in our adult art classes, please contact us today.

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