The Magic of Creativity in Older Age: A Journey of Expression and Connection

Creativity is a potent tool that transcends age, fostering expression, connection, and personal growth. A poignant video by Creative Ireland titled “Creativity In Older Age” explores this concept, highlighting how creativity becomes a lifeline during the twilight years.

The video delves into the lives of several older individuals who find solace and purpose in their creative pursuits. Whether it’s painting, knitting, lace-making, singing, or dancing, these individuals embrace their creativity as a means of self-expression and connection with others.

One participant describes creativity as a form of magic, an ability to delve into one’s center where the magic happens. She uses her creativity to paint and design knits, creating pieces that express her feelings. During the lockdown, she created a ‘COVID notebook’ — a daily record of her activities and thoughts, which she found therapeutic.

Another poignant story is of a grandmother who could not meet her newborn grandchild due to lockdown restrictions. Her only mode of communication was through letters, which she penned down in her COVID diaries. This act of writing allowed her to connect with her grandchild, demonstrating the power of written words.

The video also showcases a group from Threesbury House who eagerly await the arrival of musicians. Their joy in singing and being heard underscores the importance of attention and recognition for mental wellbeing. This sentiment is echoed by another participant who considers community as a crucial outlet for attention.

In Boris, County Carlow, a woman learns the traditional art of lace-making, describing it as a mindful activity that requires focus and dedication. She believes everyone has a talent, and it’s just a matter of discovering and nurturing it.

The video concludes with a woman speaking about the Doorstep Dance initiative. Designed to get older people moving and connecting after the lockdown, she describes it as a key that unlocked her world, bringing music and movement into her life.

The stories in this video beautifully illustrate how creativity can serve as an outlet for expression, a tool for connection, and a salve for the soul. They remind us that age is no barrier to creativity, and the magic of creative expression is accessible to all, regardless of their stage in life.

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Silver Creative is about creative pursuits after an uncertain age. Briyan Frederick discusses creative work of all kinds through blog, vlog, podcast and printed zine. If you’re interested in building a business, a following, a legacy… or your muse demands an engaging outlet, Get in touch and share your creativity!

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