This article reviews the scientific literature on the enhancement of healthy aging in older adults through active participation in the arts. In addition to these gains in measures of successful aging, the article also provides in a Supplementary Appendix some selected examples of arts engagement for remedial purposes. Finally, it offers suggestions for expanding inquiry into this underinvestigated corner of aging research.
Why the traditional arts? As scholars such as Alan Jabbour and Simon Bronner have noted, folk arts can work as culturally proven strategies to help elders address the difficulties they face as they age. While an older musician may support the cultural heritage of their community through maintaining and teaching their musical skills, their creative practice also may help them thrive as an important community resources and leaders.
The landscape of rolling hills and a stream lined with cattails seems to remind each person of a different place—Scotland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, France, Switzerland. One gentleman in the front row is convinced it is upstate New York. A man, sitting just in front of me, says he hears fish splashing in the brook.
Thank you for your insight and I will utilize many ideas from your book. I liked the personal stories of participants in the studio and how the art program enriched and brought meaningful activity and pleasure. I appreciate your years of experience, ideas and thoughts to challenge me and help me develop my art class. Starting Your Own Art Program.
Seniors enjoy many art forms including watercolor, weaving, improvisation, poetry, memoir writing, painting, tile making, and more. Aging can be amazing and the arts can be a huge part of it. People who practice the arts as they age visit the doctor less, take less medication, have higher morale, and reduced rates of depression.
Written from an artist's point of view, "How to Facilitate Art for Older Adults" is a practical guide on how to take your art facilitation ideas into the real world. In this e-book, you will learn how to set up an art cart, how to contract out your art facilitation services, and what working within a limited budget might look like. Beyond therapy and theory, this e-book provides examples of what kinds of art projects have practically worked in care homes and community art programs for the elderly in Canada.
Art Therapy expert and professor Dr. Raquel Stephenson talks about the power of art making. The older adults in Dr.
Cognitive decline is an unavoidable aspect of aging that impacts important behavioral and cognitive skills. Training programs can improve cognition, yet precise characterization of the psychological and neural underpinnings supporting different training programs is lacking. Here, we assessed the effect and maintenance 3-month follow-up of 3-month music and visual art training programs on neuroelectric brain activity in older adults using a partially randomized intervention design.
Longer lives beg the question, what can be done to age well? Participating in and enjoying artistic endeavors — even when seniors are not necessarily creatively inclined — can have a positive impact on health by creating a sense of purpose and keeping the mind busy. As seniors age, their lifestyles and priorities change, and aging well is frequently top of mind.