De­vel­op­ing self-es­teem through the arts

Costa Almería News - - Costa Almería Social Scene -

Mo­jacar coun­cil and the Diputación pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment re­cently or­ga­nized an in­ten­sive per­sonal de­vel­op­ment course aimed at the el­derly and en­ti­tled ‘be­yond the word’.

Those tak­ing part were en­cour­aged to de­velop their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and chan­nel and hone their emo­tional de­vel­op­ment through the medium of the arts.

An­other of the ob­jec­tives was to en­cour­age self-es­teem, re­duce stress and in­crease one’s cre­ativ­ity.

The head of the course was art ther­a­pist Vic­to­ria Wilkin­son, who through­out Oc­to­ber worked with the group of OAPs from Mo­jacar.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Ana Gar­cía who over­saw the course stressed the im­por­tance of look­ing af­ter the el­derly, more so with an age­ing pop­u­la­tion. In Mo­jacar, al­most 30 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion is aged 65, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures from 2016, while the na­tional av­er­age stands at 18.4 per cent.

In Mo­jacar, there are classes aimed at the el­derly, in­clud­ing gym cour­ses to main­tain phys­i­cal fit­ness, as well as man­ual work­shops and more.

Bri­tish ther­a­pist Vic­to­ria Wilkin­son coun­cil­lor Ana Gar­cía (left) with Mo­jacar

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