Creativity and Aging

  • Posted by paradox on August 12, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Creativity can remain a powerful source of growth as we age.  We can recognize the great potentials that we have because of aging and not in spite of it.

    Gerontologist Robert Butler said: “When we talk about old age, each of us is talking about his or her own future.  We must ask ourselves if we are willing to settle for mere survival when so much more is possible.”  Growing older is not just about surviving, it’s also about thriving.

    It’s important to see ourselves actively growing with age, instead of thinking of aging as only a time of decline.

    Rollo May describes creativity as “the process of bringing something new into being.” This can include a vast range of creative experiences and include how we can be creative even in the midst of loss. And creativity has a strong role in preserving brain function.


    1. Use it or loose it: exercise: mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually.

    2. Engage in meaningful activities.

    3. Be with people, engage with others, be in community.

    4. Learn something new!

    We can learn to grown old creatively!




    We are uncertain about what it means to grow old, and so we must learn how to grow old.


    dalaiwave replied 2 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • dalaiwave

    August 21, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you for the positive tips, I will be sure to share these with my wife and friends.