Matt Fuchs’s article introduces us to a diverse group of individuals, including artists, who consciously follow certain approaches for retaining their creativity. He speaks with an elderly singer who records his songs in the languages of the places he has traveled, and an older poet who calls herself “invisible,” as she travels to observe, reflect and write. Fuchs extracts from these testimonies common characteristics or strategies that appear effective in sustaining creativity as a part of healthy aging including: being open to new ideas and new experiences; willingness to learn new things; able to collaborate; and able to imagine and carry out new routines. Fuchs also identifies some of the most recent studies that document the health benefits of artistic activity and the connections between creativity and aging.
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