Arts, culture and older people

New research shows how arts and culture can help to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people aged 65 and over.

Celebrating Age

Our Celebrating Age fund helps older people engage with arts and culture

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A young child and an elderly man make craft art together.
Turner Contemporary: Easy Sunday workshop 2012. Photo © Benedict Johnson.

Headlines of the research include:

  • 76% of older people say arts and culture is important in making them feel happy
  • 57% say arts and culture is important in helping them meet other people
  • 60% say it is important in encouraging them to get out and about 

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Blogs and case studies

An elderly man plays guitar in front of care home residents.

Silver Lining

The therapeutic benefits of music are well documented, particularly for people who are living with the effects of dementia.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Chloe Meineck - Music Memory Boxes. Photo © Chloe Meineck. 2. Members of the Royal Voluntary Service taking part in a singing and ukulele session with Sage Gateshead’s Silver Lining programme and bait. Photo © Jason Thompson / bait / Woodhoorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. 3. Equal Arts. Photo © Equal Arts/Claire Ford.