Several recent studies have emphasized the positive impact of creative activities on the lives of older adults. One of the activities proven to help keep seniors’ minds busy, prevent depression and spark feelings of joy is participation in the arts. To promote the importance and benefits of arts and crafts, Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson senior living community is participating in this year’s July Craft Fair hosted by the Senior Activity Center (216 SW Johnson Ave) on July 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Craft Fair is free and open to the public and is organized every year to showcase vendors’ sewn creations, art, jewelry and other handmade items. Jo Ann Roark, resident of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson, is especially excited to attend the Craft Fair and present what she has been working on at the senior living community.
“I have always enjoyed arts and crafts, the most probably embroidery,” said Roark, resident of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “It has always been my favorite down time and anytime I am working on a project it brings me joy and satisfaction because I created something from scratch. It is a wonderful way to relax, and I am glad I can continue in creative activities here in the community. I look forward to attending the Craft Fair, and I encourage other seniors and families to attend and find inspiration through art.”
Roark moved to Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson about six months ago and although she doesn’t think she’s the most talented artist in her family, it doesn’t stop her from being creative. Roark has been working on a broidery project, and she hopes to have it done in time for the Craft Fair. One of the reasons why she likes living in Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson is because the activities keep her busy, and she enjoys different outings, exercises, games and other life enrichment activities.
“By participating in July Craft Fair, we hope to show the public that it is never too late to develop a talent as an artist,” said Karen Jennings, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “We have residents who have never engaged in artistic activities, and we have others who have always enjoyed working on art projects. We are excited to participate in this year’s Craft Fair and showcase what the residents have been working on.”
When engaging in creative activities seniors not only have the chance to showcase their talents and stimulate their minds but also connect with others. Roark and other Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson residents recently worked on a photo frames coloring project that will be presented during the Craft Fair.
Mustang Creek Estates, whose mission is to provide seniors with high-quality residential-style assisted living and memory care at an affordable price, has additional locations in Allen, Frisco and Keller. Recently, Mustang Creek Estates announced construction of its newest senior living community in Sachse. The community is now accepting reservations and expects to open in fall of 2017.