Peninsula Villages

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Participating in the creative arts can have a profound impact on an individual’s overall wellbeing and quality of life and now Peninsula Villages is engaging its residents and locals aged over 65 in an exciting new Creative Arts Experience.

The new Peninsula Villages Creative Arts Experience offers a range of classes and sessions that are designed to encourage engagement and socialisation, spark creativity and enhance cognitive skills.

All Creative Arts Experience sessions are hosted at Peninsula Village in Umina and are run by professional teachers. Classes offered include music for the soul, Djembe drumming, music therapy and dance therapy.

Melinda Dempsey, Executive Care Manager of Peninsula Villages said that the organisation launched its Creative Arts Experience with residents earlier this year and is now opening the classes to locals aged over 65 to extend the benefits to members of the community who are looking to socialise and learn new skills.

“Engaging in a creative experience helps us to self-express and support a lifestyle that is meaningful. Through social connectedness and hands-on experiences, we can help improve the health and wellbeing of our participants,” explained Melinda.

“We are well aware that we are living longer and embracing new and different activities well into our older years. Keeping your health in check as you age with proper nutrition, physical activity and regular check-ups is important. It is also important to consider other, seemingly insignificant activities that can benefit overall health and reduce the risk of stroke and memory loss.

“Participating in and enjoying artistic endeavours, even when you may not necessarily be creatively inclined, can have a positive impact on your health by creating a sense of purpose and keeping the mind busy,” continued Melinda.

“There are also a huge range of health benefits for those participating in creative arts activities such as dance or music therapy, including increased memory function, relaxation of the body, reduced muscle tension and a boost in productivity. Music and dance therapy have also been found to reduce anxiety and agitation, enhance cognitive skills and improve morale.

“Our Djembe drumming sessions have been one of the most popular choices in our Creative Arts Experience at the Village as drumming is a fun way to stimulate the brain, participate in exercise and improve mood. Group drumming is also a great way to enhance connectedness and encourage socialisation and is proven to significantly increase attention span and focus,” she continued.

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“Whether it be singing in a choir, participating in dance or music therapy or even drumming, participatory creative arts programs lead to an increased sense of wellbeing as well as decreased rates of psychological issues such as depression and isolation.

“We would love to share these fantastic creative arts activities with senior members of our community and invite them to enquire today about joining our residents in this program - it will be good for the mind and the soul,” concluded Melinda.

Peninsula Villages Creative Arts Experience is open to any locals aged over 65 and classes are sold in packages of four sessions priced from $28.