Woman holding canvas collage.
Residents at Watercrest Columbia Assisted Living and Memory Care are sparking their creativity through Watercrest’s signature programming, Artful Expressions. Resident Linda Fisher displays her “Holidays Over the Years” canvas collage, showcasing her unique poetry and individual artwork created in a Watercrest creative writing workshop. (Photo courtesy of Watercrest Senior Living)

Encouraging creative expression through the arts, Watercrest Senior Living residents can show off their talents or spark a new passion through the “Artful Expressions” program.

The program exposes residents to new opportunities through music, performing arts, painting, photography and more in a series of classes, workshops and experiences.

At Watercrest Columbia Assisted Living and Memory Care in Columbia, SC, the Artful Expressions program kicked off in December with a focus on freeform creative writing. Residents were encouraged to write poems, songs or stories based on weekly themes.

Resident Linda Fisher created a “Holiday Over the Years” canvas collage, combining an original holiday poem she wrote with her love of the Clemson Tigers football team and her experience in breeding horses. 

“We celebrate moments when a resident discovers their artistic voice and shares their cherished memories, favorite hobbies and personal experiences through a creative outlet,” said Renada Weathersbee, community program director for Watercrest Columbia.

Artful Expressions is part of Watercrest’s Live Exhilarated program, the senior living providers’ approach to healthy aging that focuses on wellness through programs aligned with seven facets of wholeness: Get Active, Be Curious, Get Connected, Be Uplifted, Get Creative, Be Social, Be Adventurous.

“Studies show that communication barriers can be broken down through artistic expression and that expressing creativity provides opportunities to think, problem-solve and explore new ideas,” said Sheena Jeffries, Watercrest Senior Living regional director of engagement. “Additionally, the therapeutic benefits may include lessening anxiety, fostering empathy and evoking a sense of accomplishment.”

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