The free Creative Aging Morning Tea series came out of hibernation this week and 25 seniors attending the event held at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM). These series of events are designed to promote the importance of health and well-being for the older community.
The morning program included a practical art activity with local artist Jan Clark, followed by a musical demonstration by the Director of New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM), Russel Bauer. Guests also enjoyed exploring NERAM’s permanent exhibit, ‘Hinton: Treasures of Australian Art’. A delicious morning tea will also be served up by the ‘Friends of NERAM’.
The Creative Aging series is based on the positive effects of art therapy for seniors. Research has shown that people who engage in creative pursuits when they’re older can experience a range of physical, cognitive and psychological benefits.
The event sponsor, Home Nursing Group (HNG), believes that maintaining a strong community connection is important to people who want to remain independent and at home. HNG is a locally owned and operated aged care company, who provides exceptional care and services to support older people to enjoy life in their own home.
“One of the most important reasons people want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, is to maintain vibrant social connections with people and activities they love”, said Gorm Kirsch, Proprietor and Managing Director of Home Nursing Group.
“This event provides the older community the opportunity to explore their creativity and enjoy a range of relaxed artistic and cultural activities”, he continued.
The workshop will be led by Uralla artist, Jan Clark. Jan’s art is known for conveying the essence of the environment around her, using textile art. The workshop will be very relaxed and hands on, with guests using natural materials to create their take-home pieces.
Arts activities are able to enhance the health and wellbeing of older members of our community, and help people to maintain good physical, mental and emotional health. This program is a great way for senior members of the community to get together in a welcoming, non-intimidating and creative environment.