Art Classes for Seniors in Charlotte

As you start to settle into your golden years, it is more important than ever before that you take time to focus on your health. Keeping your health in check typically consists of regular doctor appointments, proper nutrition, physical activity and socializing with others. As you grow older, your lifestyle needs and priorities will change and aging well should be at the top of your to-do list. That’s why adding other activities to your schedule is just as important as keeping up with your physical health and nutrition. Artistic endeavors are not only good for the soul but they help to keep your mind active and engage your creative side.

Arts and crafts can help alleviate boredom and keep your mind busy. In some cases, having an artistic hobby can help prevent depression, increase your ability to concentrate and improve your hand-eye coordination. With so many great benefits, it is no wonder that we encourage our members to explore their artistic side! Have you been looking for a fun and interesting new hobby? Taking an art class may be an ideal way to learn a new skill and explore your creativity.

The Joy of Art: Health and Wellness Benefits for Seniors

Whether you’ve been creating for decades or you’ve never picked up a paintbrush or lump of clay, taking an art class is the best way to get your creative juices flowing. But aside from the potential social opportunities available to you in art class and the chance to learn something new, professional art instruction can have a ton of other great benefits, including:

Stress Relief – Higher stress levels can make it hard to learn new things and impair your memory. With an artistic hobby, you can enjoy the benefits of emotional release and reduce your stress levels. In fact, some people like to think of the time spent creating art as meditation, where you can get lost in your work.

Better Hand-Eye Coordination – As you get older, your hand function decreases. While everyone is different, most seniors will experience subtle changes in their coordination, touch, visual and auditory processes over time. Caused by changes in the musculoskeletal system, art can help to improve these sensory processes and your fine motor skills.

Confidence Boost – If you’ve been feeling blue or are finding it hard to adjust to your retirement years, art classes may provide the confidence boost you’ve been looking for. Art classes are great for exploring new interests and with practice, they may even lead to new opportunities.

Increased Concentration – Focused attention is something that seniors typically don’t have much difficulty with. But divided attention, that requires you to focus on more than one thing at a time, may become more difficult as you age. By learning to multitask in art classes, you can increase your ability to concentrate on the most important task first and go from there.

Get Creative with Senior Art Classes in Charlotte

Bead Me by Linda Minor

Get crafty and create your very own wearable art at Bead Me by Linda Minor. Choose from a variety of different jewelry making classes here including “Basic Wire Wrapped Earrings” and “Basic Stringing and Chain Necklaces.”

Braitman Studio

Get lost in the canvas when you take a painting class at Braitman Studio. Students can explore their inner painter with a wide range of classes, including “Modern Art,” “Landscape” and “Creative Figure.”

Charlotte Sewing Center

If you can learn to run a sewing machine, you can learn to create an endless number of amazing crafts. Classes at Charlotte Sewing Center range from beginner to advanced and feature instruction on how to create window treatments, clothing, pillows and much more!

Dish It Out

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at painting pottery? Dish It Out is a fun and relaxed pottery painting studio that features drop-in hours and can easily accommodate private parties as well.

The Light Factory

Learn all about the art of photography with classes at The Light Factory. Students can choose from a variety of classes to help sharpen their photo taking skills that include “Intro to Digital Photography,” “Intro to Black & White Darkroom,” and “Portrait and Studio Lighting.”

Explore Your Creativity and Have Fun with Art

Are you looking to take up a new hobby and are interested in learning more about great senior activities around the greater Charlotte area? Check out our blog for more senior lifestyle tips and information about life at our continuing care retirement community. If you’re looking for a retirement community that has a relaxed and country club style atmosphere, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us online today to schedule a tour!

How Can Seniors Manage Spring Allergies?

Spring can be one of the most beautiful seasons in Charlotte. The sunshine is plentiful, flowers are in bloom, bees are buzzing, but allergens are in the air. Although the spring weather is always welcome, it can bring along seasonal allergies along with it. While many Americans deal with seasonal allergies each year, they can be particularly hard on seniors. In fact, they can be extremely hazardous for those who have a chronic illness and certain allergy medications can have dangerous side effects. So how can you stay comfortable this allergy season? Check out a few of our tried and true tips for managing spring allergies this year.

Top 7 Tips to Help Seniors Manage Seasonal Allergies Safely

1. Get Tested

If you think you may be suffering from seasonal allergies but you are unsure which type of allergen to look out for, allergy testing can help. A simple allergy scratch test can work to determine if you are allergic to something that is a part of your everyday environment. Just be sure to provide your doctor with a list of potential culprits to speed the process.

2. Be Aware

It’s important to keep in mind that allergies don’t discriminate based on age. Many people falsely assume seniors shouldn’t worry about seasonal allergies but in reality, seniors are just as vulnerable to them as anyone else. So be aware of the common warning signs of seasonal allergies like sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose.

3. Don’t Neglect Your Spring Cleaning

If you can identify which allergens are causing your allergies to flare up, be sure to remove them from your home. Proper removal may include changing laundry detergents, investing in a new allergen air purifier and eliminating pollen and dust mites with professional house cleaning services. Additionally, something as simple as switching out your bedding, rugs and furniture for more hypo-allergenic options can be very beneficial in reducing your symptoms.

4. Talk to Your Doctor

It can sometimes be difficult for doctors to diagnose allergies in senior patients if they are focused on larger health issues. It is not uncommon for senior patients to have multiple medical conditions, making it hard to separate the threat of seasonal allergies from symptoms of an ongoing condition. If you or a loved one suspect that you may have allergies, it’s best to let your doctor know sooner rather than later.

5. Keep Track of Risks

Be proactive about your health by staying on top of the current allergen trends in the greater Charlotte area. You should be able to find information online, during the nightly news forecast or in your favorite local newspaper that will help you keep track of pollen conditions. If you see that the pollen counts will be particularly high on a certain day, do your best to stay inside and shut your windows.

6. Take Care of Personal Hygiene

Don’t forget to wear sun protection when you head outside for the day. This can include sunglasses to shield your eyes from airborne allergens and cotton or linen clothing that keeps your skin covered but breathes well in warmer weather. Additionally, it is important to make sure that you are not tracking allergens inside your home, so be sure to promptly remove your shoes when you’re inside and shower before getting into bed at night.

7. Be Aggressive

If you notice that you are experiencing the common symptoms associated with seasonal allergies like sneezing, watery eyes and a runny nose, act quickly to remedy the issue. Severe allergies can lead to an irritated throat and congested nose, which can both be very dangerous for seniors who have a pre-existing cardiovascular condition. So be aggressive with treatment and seek out medication or lifestyle changes to help prevent a severe reaction.

Enjoy a Safe and Happy Spring Season at The Cypress of Charlotte

At The Cypress of Charlotte, we want to make sure that each of our members has the tools they need to enjoy a safe, healthy and happy spring season. If you have battled seasonal allergies in the past or you have recently noticed some of the early warning signs of allergies, now is the time to talk to your doctor.

Want more healthy living and senior lifestyle tips? Be sure to check out our blog and Facebook page! And for more information about life here at our continuing care retirement community, be sure to visit us online today to schedule a tour.

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