Creative Aging and Related Reports 

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The Summit on Creativity and Aging is a new report looks at how the federal government can leverage the arts to foster healthy aging and inclusive design for this growing population. This white paper features recommendations from the May 2015 Summit on Creativity and Aging in America, a convening of more than 70 experts hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging. The paper highlights recommendations on healthy aging, lifelong learning in the arts, and age-friendly community design. The summit was a precursor to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which addressed four major issues: retirement security, long-term services and supports, healthy aging, and elder abuse.

National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military advances the arts in health, healing, and healthcare for military service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers.

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing This report from England presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and art administrators and other policy makers. 

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts (2017) A new report that states that older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither one. The study is based on the results from the Health and Retirement Study, conducted by the University of Michigan with support from the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health.  af 

Creativity and the Brain (2015) This report encourages neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, artists, and arts educators to work together to build the field of neuroscience by integrating research on arts and creativity.  This neuroscience research may have huge implications for diseases of the aging brain, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

The Arts and Aging: Building the Science (2013) calls for a research framework on the arts and aging that may inform decisions about future NIH research funding.  Research topics included music therapy and cognitive function, cost-benefit analysis for arts programs in healthcare settings, and the value of design in long-term care facilities.

Art Cart: Saving the Legacy (2015) is a replicable, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, education experience that connects aging professional artists with teams of graduate and upper-level undergraduate students to undertake the preparation and preservation of their creative work, and to help shape the future of our American cultural legacy. 

A Matter of Choice? Arts Participation Patterns of Disabled Americans (2015) Forty-five percent of people with disabilities are older adults (65+years old).  This report offers the first, nationally representative analysis of arts-participation patterns among people with disabilities.

When Going Gets Tough (2015) The greatest barrier to arts attendance for retirees is difficulty getting to the exhibit or location.  This report offers valuable market research to arts organizations to make their offerings accessible to arts fans of all ages.

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