The Creative Age

If you ask a group of first graders, how many of them are artists, the entire group of children will raise their hands. If you ask the same question to a group of say, fifth graders, only a select few will have the nerve to raise their hands. Somehow, most of us begin to feel at an early age that we are not creative. However, this myth is being rejected as more and more people who have entered their 60s, 70s, and even 80s are realizing an awakened potential in the area of creativity.

Marilyn Fowler - Shell Point Resident and Artist
Marilyn Fowler - Shell Point Resident and Artist

In his book, The Creative Age, Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., has identified the opportunities for exploring our creative potential as we age. “We are ready to talk about what is possible, not despite aging, but because of it. There is no denying the problems that accompany aging. But what has been universally denied [in the past] is the potential. The ultimate expression of that potential is creativity. Creativity always has been there with aging, but many have not recognized it… We are in a creative age. The focus on creativity and the use of the term is entering more and more the spheres of our lives.”

At Shell Point Retirement Community it has long been understood that exploring one’s creativity is an integral part of a satisfying retirement. Thus, Shell Point has instituted a number of creative outlets and opportunities through the years both for residents who live in the community and seniors from throughout the surrounding region.

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