Older People

Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People

Green Candle Dance has launched a Level 3 OCNLR course for Dancers, Dance Teachers, Carers, Care Home workers, Occupational Therapists, or anyone working with older people or in community dance.

This in depth course aims to deliver an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people.

Dance education videos

Akademi releases twenty-five free educational videos to aid dance practitioners planning South Asian inspired dance workshops for older adults.

The videos show professional dance artists providing examples of exercises that can be used when teaching dance movement to older adults. These resources, filmed by James Williams, stem from the Dance Well Resource book that was published in 2017 and distributed to over 100 dance artists, health professionals and activities coordinators.

Attitudes to Ageing Linked to Health

A new report by the Royal Society for Public Health has found that people with negative attitudes to older people and ageing experience an adverse effect on their own health and wellbeing.

The report found that two thirds of the public have no friends with an age gap of 30 years or more. Of the 18-34 year olds asked, 25% of them believe it is "normal for older people to be unhappy and depressed". 30% of the public believe "being lonely is just something that happens when people get old"

AGE UK Report on Creativity and Ageing

AGE UK has drawn on earlier research into wellbeing in later life to produce a report into the impact of culture and creativity on health and wellbeing as we age. The charity has identified access to culture as the strongest determinant of wellbeing in later life.

The report includes a range of resources and research into culture and ageing.


Culture is the key indicator of wellbeing in later life

AGE UK has published new research creating an index of wellbeing in later life. The index found creative and cultural participation provided the greatest contribution to wellbeing of all the factors considered.

In ranking creative and cultural participation so highly it was deemed more important by participants than marriage, children, physical activity or illness.

London Bubble Theatre volunteers – from 24 October 2017

London Bubble Theatre Company is seeking volunteers to support its Creative Elders programme, as well as the Illuminate Rotherhithe procession this November.

Read more in the attached documents.

Project Co-ordinator, Cocktails in Care Homes, London – deadline 19 October

Magic Me is seeking a co-ordinator who has worked on projects in the community, voluntary sector, arts, education or other relevant fields. The post-holder will work regularly with children and vulnerable adults.

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Substantial new dance programme for older people in Yorkshire

One Dance UK, People Dancing and Yorkshire Dance, supported by the National Lottery and Sport England's Active Ageing Fund, are launching a new dance programme across Leeds, Bradford and Doncaster to engage inactive people aged 55 and older in physical activity. The partners will be working with Leeds University to evaluate the project.

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A Choir in Every Care Home

A new set of free resources to inspire and support care homes to engage with music has been published by Live Music Now. Drawn together over the past two years, the new web resource includes a review of research into the impact of music on the lives of older people.

The project is a unique collaboration between 35 leading national organisations from adult social care, music and academic research. It is led by Live Music Now, Sound Sense and Canterbury Christ Church University, and funded by the Baring Foundation. It includes surveys of over 400 care home staff and musicians.

Staying Engaged

New research from the American National Endowment for the Arts indicates that older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither. 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.


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