“We have art so we will not die of reality.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


In the past 10 years, there have been a number of studies examining the positive benefits of the arts in senior facilities. Here are the results of some of these studies.

The Research

The Importance of Activities for Seniors
American Orchards

Art Therapy Helps Dementia Patients
AARP Foundation

Arts and Aging – Building The Science
National Foundation for the Arts

Arts in Healthcare
State of the Field Committee. (2009). State of the field report: Arts in healthcare 2009. Washington, DC: Society for the Arts in Healthcare.

Bringing the Arts to Life – A Guide to the Arts and Long-Term Care
Judy Rollins, Global Alliance for Arts & Health | IDEAS Institute

Five Health Benefits of Dancing
Aging Care

Creativity Matters – The Arts and Aging
Johanna Misey Boyer, The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, National Center for Creative Aging, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Art in Senior Living
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) & American Art Therapy Association

The Impact of Professionally Conducted Cultural Programs on the Physical Health, Mental Health, and Social Functioning of Older Adult
Gene D. Cohen, The Gerontological Society of America

Creativity Matters – Summary
Americans for the Arts

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