An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People


This independent review by the Mental Health Foundation was commissioned by the Baring Foundation and is the first synthesis of the evidence base for the effects of participating in artist-led creative projects on older people. It is based on 24 peer reviewed studies and a further seven good quality evaluations which have not been peer reviewed (‘grey literature’) and lists more than 50 other studies. It concludes that ‘it is evident that engaging with participatory art can improve the wellbeing of older people and mediate against the negative effects of becoming older.’ It explores these impacts in terms of mental and physical wellbeing and the broader effects on communities and society.

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