Creativity is not just for children playing make believe anymore. A new study published in the Journal of Aging and Health followed 1,349 men for 18 years and found that creative thinking may have led to a 12% reduction in mortality risk. According to the study, “creative thinking” is an individual’s indication of openness, the willingness to try new things and accept new ideas.
At Parc Communities we see no lack of creativity from our residents. They are frequently trying new things whether it’s a new Wii® fit game or the latest delicious recipe by our chefs. As people get older they may become more isolated and spend less time doing things they once enjoyed. However, with Parc’s numerous amenities and activities there is never a dull moment around here. Friendships at Parc aren’t lacking either, as many residents come from all over the United States and are able to share their unique experiences with one another.
The study’s author suggests creativity may lead to longer life because creative activities act as exercises that keep the brain fit. As you may have read in our previous blogs, having a healthy mind goes hand in hand with aging well. Being creative and trying a new activity such as yoga with our wellness program, or going to a social event at the High Museum of Art, requires problem-solving skills and imagination that promote overall health.
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