The Paint Party for Caregivers held Thursday night (Nov. 2) in Augusta was a terrific time for caregivers to connect with others who are in similar situations. By hosting this event, AARP wanted to provide caregivers with an opportunity to use their creative expression to work through the isolation they might feel.
Partnering with Foundation for Art & Healing and the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, attendees were channel their energies to creating their own one-of-a-kind painting. As the event closed out attendees shared with the organizers how much more relaxed and refreshed they felt from the experience.
“Caregivers do what they do out of love, but there is a physical and emotional toll. Research has shown that one-third of caregivers experience depression and social isolation,” said Alice Bennett, AARP Associate State Director for Community Outreach. “With the paint party, AARP and our partners want to let those who care for others know they are not alone.”
A growing body of evidence is affirming that the arts and creativity can have a positive impact on emotions and attitudes, while improving health and wellness. The Foundation for Art and Healing believe the Augusta event can be a launching pad for caregiver events nationwide.