Did you lay your paint bush down over the years while raising your kids, working or because of a busy lifestyle? Well, now is the perfect time to pick it back up. The Art Class at the Senior Center of Finney County has a new beginning session in watercolor starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Refresh your skills or learn new ones.

Art offers a wide range of benefits, including the following:

• Recreation. Whether it is making a gift for someone, or crafting for fun, making art work is a great way to spend time. It is seen as a leisurely activity. 

• Expression. Creating art is a great way to share our lives with others. Artwork created by the elderly will also be different from other people’s artwork because of everything they have had the chance to experience.

• Communication. For those who cannot verbally express themselves, visual means are another great way to go about it. There are some seniors who deal with the effects of a stroke, Alzheimer’s or other conditions, which can cause speech difficulty. Visual arts can give these individuals a better way to communicate.

• Socialization. Many seniors who participate in the arts, particularly in groups, are far less likely to experience loneliness and isolation. People are encouraged to come out of their shells in the process of art making. Friendships grow during collaborative projects. 

• Mental stimulation. Speaking through art challenges the brain and promotes memory health. Projects like these can be challenges to be met, which helps the elderly to stretch their mind and keep their brains occupied.

• Emotional well being. Creativity will oftentimes tap into emotions and allows us to express these feelings more openly and freely. Being in an arts-focused program is shown to decrease depression and stress, along with promoting self-esteem. 

• Physical benefits. Assembling artwork, whether it be sculpting, painting or some other form of art, helps to work on motor movements and keep them physically active, as well. Creativity has been shown in studies to lessen pain and help the immune system.

It’s never too late to be creative.

If there are any art teachers or crafters out there that would like to start a class or share their talent give Patti a call at (620) 272-3620. We are also looking for someone who might be interested in teaching Tai Chi or helping with Medicare.

Happy fall drawing

Buy any item in the Senior Center Craft Shop and be entered into a drawing for a fall table decoration. One entry for each item you buy! Drawing to be held Oct. 1, 2018,

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS, 8:30 a.m.; art class, 10 a.m.; monthly birthday party with bingo, 12:30 p.m.; bridge and Skip-Bo, 1 p.m.; Medicare, 1 to 4 p.m. (appointments only); strength training, 4 p.m.; PIYO (a class that is a cross between Pilates and yoga), 5:30 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.

Friday: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; a nurse from St. Catherine Hospital is here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; bridge, 1:15 p.m.; Association dinner, 6 p.m.

Saturday: The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Duplicate bridge, 2 p.m.

Monday: Double pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; strength training, 4 p.m.; Zumba, 6 p.m.; duplicate bridge, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Walking, 9 a.m.; pitch, 12:30 p.m.; Medicare, 1 to 4 p.m. (appointments only); bridge, 1:15 p.m.; PIYO, 5:30 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.

Sept. 12: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; Completely Unraveled, 9:30 a.m.; pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; dance featuring Bob Walters, 7:30 p.m. (recommended donation is $5).

Lunch menu

Thursday: Chicken Kiev, wild rice, cauliflower with cheese sauce, pudding.

Friday: Beef and noodles, broccoli, corn muffin, fruit.

Monday: Swedish meatballs over rice, corn, chocolate cake.

Tuesday: Tater tot casserole, mixed vegetables, corn muffin, fruit.

Sept 12: Barbecue riblet on a bun, scalloped potatoes, peas, cookie.