|Creative ageing movement picks up speed globally
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15th April, 2019.
Communities all around the world are encouraging their ageing citizens to nurture artistic passions that took a backseat during their younger days when career progression, building a families and the pressures of daily life took priority. The benefits are countless, according to research studies from many countries, including Taiwan, Canada, Scotland and the United States.
Lower rates of loneliness and depression, higher morale, improved confidence, better family relations and in some cases, improved income are just some of the benefits, according to Peishan Yan, a professor at the National Taiwan University.
Staying vital and connected to society is incredibly important, the experts say, and going about it creatively is fun and easy. Whether it’s a knack for story-telling, a tuneful singing voice or a dab hand with a paintbrush, there’s a group of like-minded people ready to embrace a newcomer and encourage their artistic expression. The result is that people’s lives are made better and happier as they take on the challenge of aging.
Contributing Editor and Creative Director of Living Art magazine, Jaqueline Coates, is on a mission is to inspire women all over the globe to nurture their artistic tendencies through painting.
“Painting is a skill that is enjoyed as you learn, and eventually can even generate income. It has enriched my life as joys and challenges have come my way – transitioning from corporate life to the countryside, the journey of single motherhood, establishing myself as an international artist, sharing my talents as a teacher – I’ve always had a paintbrush in hand,” Ms. Coates said.
“Whether you discover your passion at 5 or at 50, it’s never too late. I have a student who began painting at 70 as a hobby and is now having work commissioned. Seeing students’ confidence and happiness increase as they become part of an artistic community makes all my struggles worth it,” she said.
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