USA - International Document

Staying Engaged: Health patterns of older Americans who participate in the Arts


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Rajan K, Rajan R

Year of Publication:
2017

Publisher(s):
National Endowment for the Arts

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

Staying Engaged accomplishes several purpose for contemporary research into the arts’ value for older Americans. This report examines data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationally representative sample of older adults (aged 55 years and older) who are tracked longitudinally. In brief, it finds that older adults who both created and attended art in 2014 reported better health outcomes that year (lower rates of hypertension and greater cognitive and physical functioning) than did adults who neither created nor attended art. Subjects active in both art categories—creating and attending—also experienced slower rates of decline in cognitive and physical functioning over the last decade, and less growth in hypertension, compared with other older adults. Greater frequency of arts attendance and arts creation also were positively linked to health outcomes.



Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Rajan K, Rajan R (2017). Staying Engaged: Health patterns of older Americans who participate in the Arts. USA: National Endowment for the Arts.