Benefits of coloring
The benefits of coloring are both therapeutic and relaxing. It can improve a mood, help to relieve stress, promotes mindfulness as well as encouraging socialization and reminiscing among seniors. From a therapeutic point of view, coloring can improve dexterity, hand-eye coordination, contribute to maintaining motor function and release agitation.
Just the joy of being creative and being able to find that creativity in coloring can change a senior’s mood. Even in an independent living community center among friends, the mood becomes contemplative and everyone starts to concentrate on what they are doing. The up and down and back and forth movement will promote a feeling of calmness.
In addition, even if the senior has Alzheimer’s, coloring pictures of things from daily life such as flowers, cats, cars, birds or other real images can bring about a feeling of happiness. With coloring, each person can progress at his or her own pace without pressure. Coloring may even bring about conversation if what the person is coloring jogs a memory.
Another thing too, is that coloring is all generational, grandparents can color along with grandchildren, and adult children can color with their parents. It’s fun easy and will promote both enjoyment and relaxation.
A coloring book is more than just paper and colored pencils, it can be a relaxing escape.