Awards and ribbons for Veterans Health Centre clients at the Saanich Fair

The Saanich Fair – held this year from September 3–5 at the Saanich Fairground – is an annual delight for Victoria area residents, especially after a COVID-19 hiatus!

Veterans Health Centre clients were enthusiastic participants this year, and netted a number of ribbons and prizes for their work. We are proud of their accomplishments, and of the way Creative Arts, which is partially funded through donations, helps Day Program clients and residents alike.

As children, we are encouraged to be creative: to make music, dance, paint, and imagine. And flexing creative muscles can help enhance cognitive function and induce psychological and physiological healing.

George Washington University’s Centre on Aging, Health, and Humanities, conducted a study which concluded that art therapy for seniors can help people relax, provide a sense of choice and control, reduce depression and anxiety, encourage playfulness and a sense of humour, improve cognition, provide sensory stimulation, create a stronger sense of identity and self esteem, and reduce boredom.

We think the ribbons and awards speak for themselves, and are grateful to the many people whose donations help us provide a vibrant Creative Arts program at Broadmead Care Homes.