For many older individuals, adapting to life after retiring can take some time. Filling the days in ways besides working can take some practice. One way many older individuals pass the time is by exploring artistic outlets, such as painting, knitting, and more. These projects can be great for maintaining hand strength, improving cognitive functioning, reducing stress, and more. Promoting self-expression is always a positive at any age, and artistic pursuits offer retirees a great outlet for personal reflection. Below, we will discuss some potential artistic outlets for older individuals to do at home.

Starting off Simply with Sketching

Sketching is one of the easiest ways to help your loved one explore artistic pursuits. If your loved one wants to pick up a new artistic hobby, but is worried about the expense, or whether they’ll enjoy it, sketching is a great place to start. A sketch pad and some pencils are all that is needed to get started. Your loved one can sketch objects around the house, the view out their window, and more.

Artistic Expression Through Painting

Painting offers a great way to explore art through colors. Consider looking for ergonomic paintbrushes to make your loved one more comfortable during their painting. Watercolors or acrylic paints are an easy way to help your loved one try their hand at this hobby.
Acrylic paints are easier to paint with and offer many vibrant colors. They also require more cleanup. Watercolors are easy to use, and much easier to wash out than other paint types. By controlling the blend of pigment to water, an artist is able to produce a variety of different shades.

Knitting or Crocheting

Knitting and crocheting involve fine motor skills and dexterity but can be a very rewarding practice. Many older people find it to be a good skill for keeping their physical and mental acuity strong. Your loved one can make anything from sweaters to little knit figures. Many starter kits for these skills come with everything your loved one needs to craft a little animal or a famous cartoon character. These kits are a great place to start for beginners.

Artistic Outlets on Electronic Devices

There are many apps, desktop tools, and websites dedicated to helping people express themselves artistically. Whether it’s a paint-by-numbers phone game or a drawing tool on a computer, there is something for every skill level. If your loved one is more tech-savvy, consider helping them find something that fits them online.

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