How your artistic passions can boost your health and well-being

With more free time, many older adults see retirement as an opportunity to finally get back to their artistic passions which may include activities such as singing, music, crafts, painting, drawing, dance, theatre, creative writing, photography and more. Doing these activities can help to improve social engagement and well-being among older adults, and can reduce certain health problems such as hypertension, anxiety and depressive symptoms. Whatever your artistic passion may be, awake the inner artist inside of you and reap the many benefits!

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