Keyword: elderly

The benefits of arts programmes for older people in acute healthcare settings

This research was conducted by Karen Ford and three others at the University of Tasmania and Inscape Tasmania, Australia

Summary

This paper is an account of an arts in health programme at an acute older persons’ unit in a general hospital in Tasmania. There is a well-established body of work that …

Group singing improves the mental health of older adults

This research was conducted by Simon Coulton, Stephen Clift, Ann Skingley and John Rodriguez at the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and NHS Kent and Medway, UK

Summary

Older adults who took part in a community singing group had significantly improved scores in aspects of mental health compared to …

By | 18 February 2016 |

The barriers that prevent older people engaging with contemporary visual art

This research was conducted by Andrew Newman, Anna Goulding and Christopher Whitehead at Newcastle University, UK

Summary

This study set out to explore the factors that influence older people's engagement – or indeed lack of engagement – with contemporary visual art. Specific factors addressed in the paper are social class, education, taste …

By | 25 January 2016 |

Using contemporary art to facilitate remembering and enhance wellbeing

This research was conducted by Anna Goulding at Newcastle University, UK.

Summary

This article describes how a visit to a contemporary art gallery can improve the wellbeing of elderly people, specifically by creating a bonding experience that allows people to share their memories and opinions about art. The research involved 19 …

By | 5 May 2015 |

Social activities protect against health literacy decline in older age

This research was conducted by Lindsay C Kobayashi, Jane Wardle and Christian von Wagner at University College London, UK

Summary

This study investigated whether various activities protect against health literacy decline during ageing. Health literacy is the mix of functional literacy skills required to successfully manage one's health. Data came …

By | 5 May 2015 |

Engagement with contemporary visual art can improve the lives of older people

This research was conducted by Anna Goulding at Newcastle University, UK

Summary

Over a period of 21 months, 43 participants aged 60-92 visited three contemporary art galleries in the northeast of England. They listened to a talk before taking part in facilitated discussions in which personal responses to the artworks were …

By | 5 May 2015 |

(Re)constructing identity using contemporary visual art

This research was conducted by Andrew Newman, Anna Goulding and Chris Whitehead at Newcastle University, UK

Summary

This paper looked at the responses of people to a contemporary art exhibition and their involvement in activity relating to it. In particular the research examined how people talked about art in relation to …

By | 16 March 2015 |

Cultural activity can improve the health of older people

This research was conducted by Gene D. Cohen and five others at George Washington University and other institutions, USA

Summary

This paper reports the results of a study into the effects of a cultural programme on the physical and mental health of the elderly. The research is based on a study …

By | 7 May 2014 |

Lifelong musical experience can offset the effects that ageing has on the brain

This research was conducted by Alexandra Parbery-Clark, Samira Anderson, Emily Hittner, and Nina Kraus at Northwestern University, USA

Summary

As people age their brains become slower in processing sound. Musical training is known to strengthen the ability of people’s brains to process sound and so the paper reports the results …

By | 26 April 2014 |

Helping Parkinson’s sufferers through ballet

This research was conducted by Sara Houston and Ashley McGill at the University of Roehampton, UK

Summary

This paper reports the results of a 12 week programme for people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease run by English National Ballet. The researchers observed how people responded to the sessions, conducting tests for …

By | 16 April 2014 |