samantha c - Art and age. The topic of the essay is...

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Art and age. The topic of the essay is supposed to focus on images of aging, so what better way to give my interpretation of what aging is, than with the help of art. Now right off the bat, I did notice some issues with this topic, finding an artist that became famous during retirement age was harder than I thought. The difficulty with this is that once you are an artist you normally stay an artist. Paintings themselves also show how the painter interprets themself, their peers, or in general the society they live in. I want to show the positive effects, the negative outcomes, and the creativity that goes into art with the idea that an older person is the one creating this art or being represented by art. Throughout this course we have studied and looked at older persons that are active and healthy, both mentally and physically. Being 'well-rounded' does not stop at childhood, or 'well- rounded student', but continues to adulthood, or worker of society, and well into retirement, a 'well-rounded senior citizen'. Gerontology looks at retirement and above, and what I noticed was that in each video about retirement homes was that I saw people painting or exerting some form of creativity. Independent persons living at home also have an outlet for creativity, even though it may not be painting or direct form of art. Some of these activities include gardening, or horticulture, music, or cooking. There are endless possibilities for use of creativity. "Creativity may simply change rather than decline with age as different stylistic and thematic concerns gain priority"(Abra 1989) . Creativity not only exercises your mind but gets a person thinking in ways they never thought possible. Looking at some statistics from Pew Research Center in reports of Older Adults and Social Media: Between April 2009 and May 2010, social networking use among internet users ages 50-64 grew by 88%--from 25% to 47%. During the same period, use among those ages 65 and older grew 100%--from 13% to 26%.
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One in five (20%) online adults ages 50-64 say they use social networking sites on a typical day, up from 10% one year ago. Among adults ages 65 and older, 13% log on to social networking sites on a typical day, compared with just 4% who did so in 2009. There is a generational gap between older persons and retirees compared to the techno-savvy
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course ECO 110 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '11 term at Miramar College.

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