A new study proves creating visual art after retirement does a body-and mind- good. A recent study conducted in Germany suggests it might be beneficial to our brains. Using fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to measure brain activity in recent retirees, several researchers published their results in an article: "How Art Changes Your Brain" in PLOS ONE, an international, peer reviewed outline journal.
The brains of those who were "physically creating art" showed "a significant improvement in psychological resilience" or stress resistance over the control group taking art appreciation. Find more details: www.plosone.org