Art lets people construct visions of the world around them as it is or could be, and artists in retirement living communities find that watercolors give a fresh outlook on life.
Hazel Imperiale, an 85-year-old Floridian, told the Tallahassee Democrat that her artwork "adds spark to my life," and has eased the transition to a care facility after she suffered a recent fall.
Work like hers hangs in the Florida Museum of History, which has recently honored residents of assisted living facilities who continue to use painting and other media to express themselves in retirement, according to the news provider.
Overseas in the UK, Bert Wells got a later start in his painting career, starting to focus on his brushwork at the age of 86, according to an Evening News report.
But he has become adept enough at creating artwork that he now teaches classes to people who need dementia care near his retirement living residence in Norwich.
Wells told the News, "some of them create some marvelous work and I think it is really good for the mind as well."