Imagery Activities in a Creative Art Class for Elders

  • Sheila Fling


The rapidly increasing proportion of elders in the population, their potential, and their problems present a major challenge to society. With longer life expectancy and earlier retirement, more years are available in which elders could enjoy satisfying leisure activities and contribute meaningfully to their families and society from the wisdom of their experience. Instead, decline in mental and physical health often makes them a drain on private and public resources. Such decline is not inevitable as evidenced by the long-lived individuals who remain healthy and creative. Medication, the most common form of treatment, leads to many adverse drug interactions and side effects. Non-drug programs of treatment and prevention are desperately needed. The purpose of this study was to pilot test an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to the mental and physical health of elders by integrating relaxation and imagery techniques with art activities.


Life Satisfaction Longe Life Expectancy Life Review Sensory Awareness Life Satisfaction Index 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheila Fling
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentSouthwest Texas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA

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