Creative and Cultural Activities and Wellbeing in Later Life

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Age UK

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A new report from Age UK outlines the importance for us all of participating in creative and cultural activities to maintain our wellbeing and feel good as we get older.

Building on Age UK’s Index of Wellbeing in Later Life, which found that taking part in ‘creative activities’ such as the arts is closely linked to a strong sense of wellbeing in later life, Age UK delved further into what this really means for older people.

The research found that taking part in activities including dancing, playing a musical instrument, visiting museums, photography, singing and painting are unsurprisingly more prevalent among older people who are in good health, have access to transport, and friends to do things with. Factors such as heavy caring responsibilities, living in a rural area and being unwell make it harder to get out and about and try new things or to keep up activities that have previously been much enjoyed.

To combat these limiting factors Age UK is calling for organisations throughout the country to provide a wider variety of accessible creative activities for older people to get involved in. The possibilities range far and wide and the report contains examples of seated dance classes and art sessions in sheltered housing and care homes, demonstrating that reduced mobility and ill health need not necessarily put an end to an older person’s engagement.

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Age UK. (2018). Creative and Cultural Activities and Wellbeing in Later Life. Age UK.