From Psychology Today:
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2011 there were more than 40 million Americans 65 years and older, approximately 13.3 % of the total U.S. population. The over 65 age category is the fastest growing category in the country, with forecasts that by 2050 this group will account for more than one in five Americans 88.5 million seniors. And the good news is that there is a growing body of evidence that creativity need not decline with age.
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But there is now a growing body of evidence that the aging brain may be more creative and capable of innovation than younger brains.
Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, “There are neuro-circuitry factors that can favor age in terms of innovation”. One of the key elements in this equation is empathy—a mental and emotional capacity that is learned and refined as we age. Dr. Small also indicates that an aging brain can “…better tease out patterns and see the big picture.”
So, whatever your age pull out your creative muscle and create, like 86 year young poet Barbara Hubbard did last month. Nestled on her houseboat in the Bay Area, in a interview Hubbard shared” My inspiration for my first full length novel, Beyond Bitterroot began with a series of linked short stories.” However, she explained, “While I worked on the stories, new material continued to emerge and I realized that what I had crafted was not a collection of short stories, but a novel.”
Link to the rest at Psychology Today