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Five Benefits of Adult Coloring for Older Adults

Adult coloring books initially took off in 2015. Three years later, the trend continues to remain strong. Adult coloring books can be found just about anywhere today, crowding bookstores, craft stores, grocery stores, and bestseller lists. One can find an adult coloring book for just about any niche interest, from cat and dog lovers to Hollywood stars and nostalgic scenes. Coloring-book groups are also on the rise, with groups sprouting up in libraries, cafes, and on social media. What was once an activity that kept many of us busy as children is resurfacing as a trend that many adults, especially older adults, are coming to rediscover and love. What was once used as a distraction so that mom could make dinner for her family is now being applied to older adults, to help redirect negative thoughts and emotions. Here are five benefits of adult coloring for older adults.

Lowers Stress and Anxiety Levels
As you color, your brain experiences relief by entering a meditative state. The time and focus that adult coloring takes helps older adults remove the focus from negative issues and habits. For older adults with dementia, coloring can help ease agitation or aggressive behavior as it is very distracting and calming. Current research shows that coloring has therapeutic elements that reduces anxiety and brings about more mindfulness.

Enhances Focus and Concentration
The effort and attention it takes to color intricate patterns typically found in adult coloring books helps older adults enhance their focus and concentration abilities. Coloring utilizes the frontal lobe, the area of the brain responsible for higher level of activities and functions of the brain. As an older adult chooses complex color schemes and strives to make their picture aesthetically pleasing, they are exercising their problem solving and organizational skills.

Increases Brain Power
Coloring not only utilizes the frontal lobe of the brain; it is an activity that utilizes both hemispheres of the brain. There are many neurons firing back and forth across both hemispheres of the brain as the older adult thinks about balance and color choices. Then, as they apply the colored pencil to the paper, they are working on problem solving and find motor skills. Depending on the intricacy of the design, older adults also problem solve as they may choose to start coloring an easier pattern and work their way up to the more challenging aspects of the picture.

The Nostalgia Factor
Many older adults express feeling like a kid again when they color. Coloring can invoke memories of childhood. Specific reminiscing coloring books marketed to the senior population help to conjure nostalgic feelings as well. Being able to tap into memories of childhood where life was simpler and happier is very cathartic and enjoyable for most older adults.

Provides a Boredom Buster
Many older adults, especially those that live alone, often find themselves bored and lonely throughout their day. Boredom and lack of structure can lead to depression if not monitored. Adult coloring can help by providing a way for older adults to escape their typically boring day. When coloring, an older adult is focused on the present moment instead of sitting around idle where their thoughts can wander and turn into negativity. Coloring can engross any older adult for hours on end, helping the day to pass more quickly, all while reaping the many benefits mentioned above.

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