statues in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York CityAt the heart of New York City is a vast history of culture and art movements.

At our fingertips, are an abundance of cultural centers, including museums and historic buildings.

While many may view iconic images, like the Empire State building or Time Square as merely a tourist attraction, such sites often have historic relevance that are important and interesting in understanding New York.

Everyday, there are different new art installments are being put up around the city, like Madison Square Park and at the Chelsea Highline. For the elderly, these cultural installments are a great way to be involved in the city they live in while enjoying an activity that is great for all levels of mobility.

It doesn’t matter where you live, because across the five boroughs are a copious amount of art installments that can be found at local community centers, parks, and other places. Formal and informal, art is everywhere in the city making it accessible to viewers of all ages.

Not only are such art installments a great hobby for seniors, but learning about art and culture are also intellectual activities that can keep you or your aging loved one active to a ripe old age. Reading books on the establishment of New York to the way in which Greenwich Village housed the Beatnik movement are great ways to pass time, and make you more familiar with the city you live in.

In fact, interest in art and culture can potentially improve memory and cognitive function curbing diseases like dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association in New York has a program called Connect 2 Culture, which allows for Alzheimer’s patients to enjoy visits to some of New York’s most established art and culture centers. Some museums have even suggested that art and culture can be utilized as therapy for Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

By allowing for the elderly to connect with art and culture, correlations can be drawn encouraging healthy use of the memory and mind. Combined with music, such images or sounds can actually trigger memories in the brain better than simple recall.

Learning about art and culture is not only a way to utilized the brain and increase cognitive function, but also to encourage the elderly to get involved and still remain active. It is easy to fall into a decline in mental use, but by learning about art and culture, seniors can sharpen their critical thinking skills and learn about something new.

Art and culture permeate our daily lives, so why shouldn’t seniors incorporate it into theirs. While they may feel disconnected from the modern age, by learning about modern art and culture, understanding today’s generation of people can be easy and fun.

An interest in art and culture is a great excuse to make a trip to museums, festivals, and other installments a great way to spend time outdoors with those that you love.

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