creative aging

Study after study shows that as we age, keeping active and fostering our creativity not only disrupts the aging process but it also promotes socialization which further enhances our well being. With that in mind, here are some suggestions as to where you can go to explore your own creativity and bring new meaning to your life. Just be prepared to get your hands dirty!

Katonah Art Center
Dip your hands in clay, dabble with oils and acrylics, or experiment with charcoal. The Katonah Art Center heartily welcomes ages 55, 65, 75 and older in their adult art classes. Especially popular is the Life Sculpture class where participants work in clay, with inspiration from a live model! Pastels & Oils is led by Rae Smith, Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America. Figure Painting and Figure Drawing are also well-attended by pre-retirees, the already retired and older. Or take a class with Charles Reid, world-renowned watercolorist, teacher and author. Classes at the center generally run on a semester basis for three hours per weekly session. (40-2 Radio Circle Drive, Mount Kisco, NY 10549; 914-232-4843;

Bead Everything
A certified gemologist who has been in the jewelry business for decades, Debbie Daum opened Bead Everything about three years ago. In addition to selling all sorts of beading supplies, semi-precious stones, crystals, and more, they offer a regular schedule of project-based classes – from introductory level to the more advanced. Most participants are over the age of 50 though Debbie tells us she has a following of younger men who also enjoy beading. A two to two-and-a-half hour stringing or wire-wrapping class costs $40 and includes all materials for the project. The silk knotting class is $45 and includes pearls and Swarovski crystals. Classes have anywhere from two to eight participants and are offered most days including weekends and week nights. To register for classes, call or stop by the store. (175 East Post Rd., White Plains, NY 10601; 914-644-8191;

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