Participation in culture is significantly associated with good health and high life satisfaction. Alongside the positive impact arts and culture has on general wellbeing, there is growing evidence on the benefit arts and culture has on specific conditions related to the ageing population.
- dance reduces loneliness and alleviates depression and anxiety among people in social care environments
- when compared to the physical benefits of sports participation, the social and creative benefits of arts and culture engagement should also be considered
- however, one key piece of evidence that needs further research is what the specific distinctive factors are about arts engagement compared to other forms of activity such as sport
For more, read the full report: The value and impact of arts and culture on people and society - an evidence review.