Report: positive results on health for older adults who participate in the arts

Posted on: September 18, 2017

Older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither, states a report published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts presents the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older. Staying Engaged is based on results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), conducted by the University of Michigan with primary support from the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health. The authors of Staying Engaged identified several positive associations between arts participation and favorable health outcomes. Notably, older adults who both created art and attended arts events reported higher cognitive functioning and lower rates of both hypertension and limitations to their physical functioning than did older adults who neither created nor attended art. Learn more here.

Posted September 18, 2017