Exercise is key to keeping hearts and brains healthy. But new research has shown that engaging in the arts - including visual, performing, literary and culinary arts - may be just as beneficial. It's the reason Amazing Place has placed an emphasis on using the arts in its unique dementia day program, according to the Houston Chronicle.
When participants are singing songs that bring back memories or sharing stories of their childhoods, it's clear how the arts also taps deep emotions.
Since many with dementia lose some of their inhibitions, they are freer and less judgmental about trying new things. Research has also shown that participating in arts activities, increases dopamine, the "happiness hormone."
Read more on Amazing Place and how arts are benefiting seniors of all kinds at the Houston Chronicle.