President’s Report

Creative Activities May Protect Against Aging

            Do you ever feel compelled to justify the time you spend cruising magazines for quilting inspiration? Do you get high being in a fabric store choosing just the right pieces for your next creation? Do you appreciate the frustration of figuring out how to best utilize the fabric you have to finish a project? Do you look forward to completing a project to feel the sense of accomplishment followed by the enjoyment of showing it to your fellow quilters? If any of these apply to you, you are protecting your brain against aging.

            Scientific studies have shown crafting activities are associated with decreased odds of having MCI. MCI stands for “Mild Cognitive Impairment”. Creative activities include “crafting” which includes QUILTING and knitting. So I conclude that the more you quilt and knit the better your brain works!

            Science explains that the reward center in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable. Dopamine is a natural anti-depressant. Crafting involves many areas of your brain. Quilting can work your memory and attention span, as well as, involve creativity and problem solving. 

            The rewards of crafting go beyond creating and the feeling of accomplishment. Seeing the finished product adorn your wall or bed and receiving praise from others can provide natural influx of dopamine. Remember that is a natural anti-depressant, so I conclude you smile more! Now you also have incentive to finish those UFOs.

            The evidence to support this idea is high. Studies show that these activities can prevent brain atrophy and delay dementia or having MCI. So the bottom line seems to be “use your brain to be creative so you will not lose your ability to enjoy your life each and every day.”  Quilting and knitting are good for you!

(Note: information for this article came from internet research.)



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