Aging and dementia can negatively affect our creativity, making us feel as if we are losing a part of our identity. Creativity can appear to decrease with age and dementia, but it can be transformed and explored in new ways. For people with dementia and their caregivers, being a part of a creative community can offer opportunities for socialization, learning new skills, and experiencing the fulfillment that comes from creating something. Here are some different ways to engage in the creative process and maintain creativity as we grow older even if we experience cognitive decline.

Join Art Classes: Joining an art class can provide an excellent way to learn new skills, meet like-minded people, and be part of a supportive community. Art classes can be found in many forms from painting to ceramics to music. Some classes are tailored especially for people with dementia, and they may operate in smaller groups and offer specialized support. Art classes can provide a sense of accomplishment as well as an active outlet for emotions.

Attend Creative Workshops: Creative workshops offer the opportunity to learn from professionals and try new mediums. which introduces new ways to express oneself. They can also create a sense of community by encouraging new friendships with others in attendance. Many workshops offer support for those living with dementia.

Participate in Writing Groups: When cognitive decline is beginning, the aging person is still very capable of enjoying writing if it is an interest they hold. Writing is an excellent tool for exploring emotions and documenting memories. Capturing the memories that remain are wonderful gifts for family caregivers so that they can enjoy the stories of the aging person and know they have memories as they watch their cognitive function deteriorate. Writing groups can also stimulate creativity and provide a way to share with others. Work done in writing groups can be printed in special memory books and passed down through generations.

Engage in Dance or Movement Classes: If possible, physical activity can be an excellent way to maintain creativity, meet people, and feel a sense of belonging. Movement classes, like dance, yoga, or tai chi can also improve balance and flexibility. It is important to engage in these activities in a safe way that matches the abilities of the participant, and it is completely okay to do a lot of these activities from a sitting position.

Attend Local Events: Local events like concerts, street fairs, and community theatre can be an enjoyable option. These events can be an excellent way to meet new people and become involved in your community.

Staying creative while aging or dealing with dementia is essential for mental health, well-being, and maintaining a sense of identity. Being a part of the creative community can provide opportunities for socialization, learning new skills, and experiencing the fulfillment that comes from creating something.

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cognitive decline or dementia and you would like to find out what options are available in our community to keep their creativity ignited, please reach out to me today at 561-291-3699 or email us at to find out more.