Resources on Creative Aging

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“Working on the Spirit and the Mind,” National Endowment for the Arts, 2019.  Arts and Health issue.

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Participate in the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts.

Creative Aging and the State of Aging in Utah Literature Review A Portion of the Proposal for an Integrated Service Project, Gina Allyn, Community Engaged Scholars, Bennion Center, University of Utah, 2016.

Age and Arts Participation (2011), NEA demographic research.

“Arts, Health and Well-Being across the Military Continuum,” National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, Americans for the Arts.  See also

Arts and Creative Aging Across America, Susan Perlstein.

Arts & the Minds (2012), PBS documentary.
Episode 1:  Creativity
Episode 2:  The Art of Connection

The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being, NEA

Arts and Older Americans, National Endowment for the Arts (updated March 2011).

Bibliography on Creativity and Aging, John A. Krout, PhD, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, 2013.

“Bringing the Arts to Life: A Guide to the Arts and Long-term Care,” Global Alliance for Arts & Health, 2014.

Caring for Our Seniors: An Assessment of Utah’s Aging Services

Culture Connects All: Rethinking Audiences in Times of Demographic Change (2011).

Creativity and Aging Fact Sheet, National Endowment for the Arts, 2016.

Creativity and Aging Study, Dr. Gene D. Cohen, NEA, 2007.

Creativity and Aging in America, White House Conference on Aging, 2015

Creative Aging Best Practices, NEA, 2007.

Creativity, Art and the Mature Mind, recorded webinar with Susan Perlstein and Michael C. Patterson, MindRamp, 2012.

Creativity Matters: Arts and Aging in America (2008).

Creativity Matters: Took Kit.

Creative Power of Aging (2008), 30-minute video about Minnesota Creative Aging Network (now known as ARTSAGE).

Critical Progammatic Success Factors of Select Arts Programs for Older Adults, Suzanne M. Cada. This master’s thesis examines select programs within five arts disciplines: Elders Share the Arts (theatre), Museum One (visual art), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (dance), New Horizons Music (music), and Arts for the Aging (writing/literature), 2004.

Exploring the Relationship of Arts Participation and Creativity to Physical Health and Psychological Well-being in Older Adults. Six videos of September 14, 2012, workshop focused on research gaps and opportunities for exploring the relationship of arts participation and creativity to physical health and psychological well-being in older adults. Conference summary report, Art and Aging: Building the Science.

Sampling of NEA creative aging grants, 2014.
NEA grant deadline schedule

“I Feel Better When I Paint,” clips from documentary on visual arts an Alzheimer’s disease.

“Impact of Arts Participation on Health Outcomes for Older Adults,” Journal of Aging, Humanities and the Arts (2010), Melissa Castora-Binkley, Linda Noelker, Thomas Prohaska, & William Satariano.

“Lifelong Learning From 8 to 80: Creating a Lively Learning Environment for Seniors and Young Adults,” U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2005.

“Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly,” New England Journal of Medicine (2003) This article is summarized on this web site, “Does Dancing Make You Smarter?”

Military Therapy and Military Populations:  A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy,  American Music Therapy Association, 2014.

Opening Doors to Memory and Imagination: Creating a Museum Program for People with Memory Loss, compiled by Jane Tygesson (2012).

A Pocket Guide to Arts Activities for People with Dementia

Reawakening the Mind, Arts4Dementia, London (2013).

Stories of Change (2012), Partners for Livable Communities.

Taking Care of Our Seniors: An Assessment of Utah’s Aging Services, 2015

Think and Be Heard: Creativity, Aging, and Community Engagement

TimeSlips™ Creative Storytelling Opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.

State of Utah, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, 2012 Baseline Projections for the State of Utah and the counties using results from the 2010 Census as. the base. Population by Area, Sex, and Selected Age Groups.

Utah Parkinson’s Patients Dance for Health and Pleasure

White House Conference on Aging, 2015, Washington, DC. With specific recommendations for creative aging.

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Dance and Creative Aging: A Moving Talk by Judith Sachs

“I Remember Better When I Paint”

Tim Carpenter, 2011 James Irvine Foundation
Leadership Award Recipient

At The Museum: Videoconferencing for Seniors

Henry Reacts to Music from His Youth, from Alive Inside

Grey Matters: Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, University of Utah

Creative Aging: State of the Field by Stuart Kandell,
April 22, 2013, University of Utah

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Community Recreation: Healthy Aging through the Arts, Vancouver, BC