A weeklong celebration kicks off this Sunday, September 8, and The Villas of Holly Brook Shelbyville is joining tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country for the festivities.

National Assisted Living Week continues through Saturday, September 14, and The Villas of Holly Brook Shelbyville is honoring this year’s theme, “A Spark of Creativity.”

“Finding a creative outlet can be instrumental to mind, body and spirit-especially among older adults,” said Erica Linn, Executive Director of The Villas of Holly Brook. “National Assisted Living Week emphasizes the role we as caregivers play to help residents find that spark, so they can live life to its fullest.”

“A Spark of Creativity” hopes to inspire assisted living residents to explore their creative side whether through the arts or beyond. Specifically, art therapy can offer many benefits to older adults, such as improving cognitive and sensory-motor functions, fostering self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivating emotional resilience, enhancing social skills, and reducing and resolving conflicts and distress, according to the American Art Therapy Association.

“We encourage members ofthe community to come visit The Villas of Holly Brook during National Assisted Living Week,” said Linn. “Engaging with our residents can be a rewarding experience and can hopefully light a spark in individuals to continue serving seniors for years to come.”

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