Friday, August 10, 2012

Creative spaces and the Older Adult

Over about 20 years I have been involved with groups setting up Creative Spaces for people with Psychiatric or intellectual disabilities.   These space have been extremely important ways to give people a place to go that will give individuals somewhere where they can be creative.   They are also Third Places.

Now that I am semi retired I think it is time to set up similar places for the older adults.  

Many of these older adults are in retirement homes.  These places have lots of sports activities, but do they have places for people to paint, draw, make pottery, paint, write poetry or music?  

I don't think so. 

The Older Adults in our communities need spaces to go, just as much as younger people.   Yes many do go to clubs with younger people, but challenges with hearing and sight create extra needs and considerations.

Creative Ageing Centres are the answer.   Lets think and plan to set these up.

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