Free creative arts classes for seniors


The Mesa Arts Center now offers free creative arts classes for seniors. As part of Horizon’s AARP-sponsored monthly segment, we look at how programs like these can improve the lives of seniors.

To learn more about the classes, Laura Wilde, head of the Mesa Arts Center Art-Studio, joined the show.

These courses are offered to adults aged 55 and over. They are part of a nationwide movement called creative aging that encourages professional arts programming with a host of benefits, according to Wilde.

Mesa Arts Center offers a variety of classes, both online and in person. They understand:

  • Dance
  • chair yoga
  • card making
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramic
  • Several glass manufacturing options

They also have classes that target seniors with special needs. Like Dance for PD, which helps improve balance and mobility for people with Parkinson’s disease, or a class that welcomes people with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners, according to Wilde.

All of these classes have benefits that include decreased risk of falling and not having to rely on canes for mobility, according to Wilde.

“We know that when older people isolate themselves, their whole health really deteriorates and there are a lot of risks. So these programs really allow them to be creative, to use their minds in different ways,” Wilde said. “It allows them to feel brave and confident in their creative choices and the artwork they create and all those other great health benefits.”

Blue Cross Blue Shieldand the Gila River Indian Community are two of the sponsors of these courses that make them free for seniors who have chosen to participate, according to Wilde.

Find out more about the opportunities available at Mesa Arts Center.

Laura Wilde, Mesa Arts Center, Art Studio Manager


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