Creative art pursuits provide older adults with multiple benefits, not the least of which is enhanced cognitive function. Throughout history, artists have known that art provides benefits for both the creator and viewer. Current studies in the fields of art therapy, music therapy, and other creative modalities confirm that art can affect individuals in positive ways by inducing both psychological and physiological healing.
The arts and culture have intrinsic value. They enrich our lives by inviting us to express ourselves in new ways, and connect us through stories of a shared past and present and an imagined future. Through the arts, we can envision the world in new ways.
Susan Stamberg. The Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea only shows works by artists who are at least 60 years old. Carter Burden Gallery hide caption.
ArtSage brings together local and national experts and leaders to strengthen and expand the arts and aging movement. ArtSage develops and delivers replicable arts and aging programs, providing consulting services and training for artists and organizations to promote healthy aging through the arts. Check out our brand-new ArtSage video, an introduction to our work featuring master teaching artists Joey Clark and Iris Shiraishi. Video produced by iDream.
Art Therapy expert and professor Dr. Raquel Stephenson talks about the power of art making. The older adults in Dr.
Our mission is to encourage creative aging by promoting the inclusion of professional arts programs in organizations that serve older adults; to prepare artists to develop the creative capacity of older adult learners; and to foster lifelong learning in and through the arts by increasing opportunities for participation in community based programming. Lifetime Arts envisions a network of teaching artists and arts organizations trained to create and deliver meaningful programming for and with older adults in a variety of settings. We see a community where teaching artists and their community partners share a vision for positive aging, bringing complementary strengths to designing and implementing arts programs for older adults while creating new resources to improve the quality of life among a growing segment of the population.
SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists and organizations for six months at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. The program has two components: 1 artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency, and 2 the residency will include a public program component — exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community.
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. During the pre- post- and follow-up test sessions, participants completed a brief neuropsychological assessment.
When Samir Saad, 67, retired from his early education job at Head Start two years ago, he felt isolated and unfulfilled. Courses range from play writing and acting to storytelling with performances in the public schoolssinging, dance and improvisation. Inwith no prior experience, Saad signed up for playwriting and storytelling.
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.