Research

Dementia & Imagination: Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Interventions

The handbook from the Dementia and Imagination Research Programme features ideas and recommendations for developing visual arts projects with and for, people affected by dementia. It is designed to be as accessible as possible.

Age UK Wellbeing in Later Life Index

The Wellbeing in Later Life Index from Age UK and the University of Southampton is based on a survey of 15,000 people aged 60 and over. It highlights taking part in creative activities as the biggest influencing factor on wellbeing in later life.

Createquity summary of the benefits of arts participation

A summary of how arts participation can improve lives, highlighting the ways in which:

The National Endowment for the Arts guide to community-engaged research in the arts and health

This new guide from the US outlines ways to reconcile the field-specific vocabularies used in the arts and health research; identifies study goals and methods for engaging community members as equal partners in a research project; and highlights the benefits of partnering for arts professionals

Music, singing and wellbeing in adults with diagnosed conditions or dementia

A policy briefing based on a systematic review of evidence from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

The review highlights promising evidence and emphasises the need to find out more.

Economic Foundations for Creative Ageing Policy (Vol 2)

This second volume by Andrzej Klimczuk, 'Putting theory into practice', combines case studies of good practice with theoretical analysis, with a view to developing strategies for international application.

Teabooks evaluation 2015-16

An evaluation of book groups for older people in Oxfordshire, suggesting that the groups help over three-quarters of participants stay cheerful.

Correlations between health and happiness

John Appleby looks at the correlation between health and happiness for the BMJ.

Arts, health & wellbeing: Reflections on building a UK research network

An account is provided of a UK national seminar series on Arts, Health and Wellbeing funded by the Economic and Social Research Council during 2012–13. Four seminars were organised addressing current issues and challenges facing the field.

Life is for Living: Artistry in old age

The text of a talk given by Francois Martarasso at the Independent Creative Living Conference, Baltic, Gateshead (UK) on 28 June 2016.

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