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The benefits of art for your health

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Art encourages people to discover a part of themselves they may never have known before

Not everyone considers themselves an artist. Yet, drawing or painting is something we’ve all dabbled in as children.

Studies have found that expressing our imagination through artistic means is both mentally and physically beneficial as we age.

Halina Pokora had loved art as a child in Poland, but the practicalities of life meant that she didn’t pick up the paint brush again until this year after raising three children and now being a grandmother of four.

Her teacher, Szczepan Urbanowicz shares a similar story where his passion also took a long break due to fear of the unknown.

After over twenty years as an architect and illustrator, designing buildings for cities throughout Asia, Szczepan decided it was time to get his hands dirty again.

This time, challenging himself to try what’s considered an unforgiving medium compared to oil and acrylic painting.   

Even at 52, Szczepan’s eyes light up when he talks about painting.

This joyful state is what arts health advocate Margaret Rolla wants patients with dementia to experience at aged care facilities.

Through her 12-week Drawing Memories Program at two New South Wales nursing homes, she discovered remarkable outcomes in people with both physical and cognitive disabilities. 

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