We work our whole lives to create our lifestyle, including our home, our career, our community, and even our own identity. Retirement is a word we dream of in our early years of employment; we even idolize it. However, for many, when retirement does come, a lot of common stressors with aging come too. Aging isn’t easy and neither is starting life over in a retirement home with a new community, a different schedule, and a new set of challenges. Many individuals face loneliness, depression and a loss of identity during this time.
Culturally, we are immersed in stories daily (i.e. movies, songs, dance, art, television, music, etc). Individually, we have personal stories of celebrations, hardships, and occasional monotony. Stories contain hope and vulnerability; stories contain disappointments and grief. As stories are told, they connect us with others and bring meaning and a sense of order to life. No matter your age, gender, ethnicity or ability, your story matters.
One effective way that stories (fiction or non-fiction) can be communicated is through art therapy, a gentle therapeutic tool that brings about a deeper understanding of oneself. Art Stories Studio is a place for everyone, even to simply heighten your sense of creativity, preserve memories of the past, or bring enrichment to your where you story is going today.
To be a Person is to have a story to tell. -Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen (author of Out of Africa)