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An older adult creating colorful artwork

Creative Arts Programming for Older Adults

Finding meaningful ways to engage with an older loved one can be a challenge, especially during the pandemic. For those looking for an activity to do together with a loved one—whether indoors or outdoors—creative arts may be a good place to start! Helping a loved one get in touch with their creative side can offer many benefits and may be easier to do than we think. 

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By Ashlee Cordell | 09/15/2021

An older adult working on a crossword puzzle

Exercise Your Brain as an Older Adult with These 20 Memory Boosting Activities

There are a variety of techniques and strategies older adults can use to maintain and even improve memories. These memory boosters are mentally challenging and often fun, and they don’t involve medications that may have side effects that could potentially exhaust mental focus.

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07/15/2021

People with high self-esteem tend to have better relationships and feel more secure around people

Self-Esteem Boosting Tips for Older Adults

Self-esteem is a person’s evaluation of their own worth. Simply put, it is what someone thinks of themself, whether positive or negative. Our concept of self-esteem begins in early childhood and is formed by the image we build for ourselves through experiences with people and different situations. The things we experience as a child initially form a foundation in shaping our self-esteem. Successes; failures; and how we are treated by members of our families, teachers, religious authorities, friends, etc., contribute to a basic sense of self.

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By Tamar Cooper | 02/15/2021

Chen, L., Ye, M., & Wu, Y. (2020). Shaping identity: Older adults’ perceived community volunteering experiences in Shanghai. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764020911205

Curl, A., Bibbo, J., & Johnson, R. A. (2020). Neighborhood Engagement, Dogs, and Life Satisfaction in Older Adulthood. Journal of Applied Gerontology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464820953725