Art and Aging

Episode 207 · June 11th, 2022 · 32 mins 40 secs

About this Episode

Many of our listeners to this podcast are in their older years, and the rest of us can only hope to find ourselves there one day. Aging brings with it many challenges—these are as specific and diverse as our own personalities and yet as common as anything else shared by millions of people. While physical abilities and stamina may decline for older artists, aging can also contribute to creative work in positive ways.

Many artists have the drive to keep going despite physical limitations because art is so central to their lives. They adapt to issues like fatigue, aches and pains, the need to be conscious of posture, or coping with sensitivity to the physical aspects or materials of studio work. Repetitive motions required by the art process and lifting and carrying heavy, awkward objects can be problematic.

But there are many very positive and healthy aspects to making art late in life that include not only the great satisfaction of creativity itself, but that support brain health and other aspects of aging well. These include the mental flexibility required to create, a sense of purpose that is part of a commitment to a studio practice, and the personal connections with other artists in the creative community. Artists often tend to connect across generations and other social barriers, recognizing what they have in common and learning from one another.

Art transcends many of the emotional problems of aging in ways that can balance out the more difficult aspects of aging. It is a way of connecting with the reality of the experience of aging. It can help us rise above a potentially negative situation, that of our bodies becoming slower, more painful, and restricted--and to express the more profound and beautiful aspects of a long life.

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