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The Value of Active Arts Engagement on Health and Well-Being of Older Adults: A Nation-Wide Participatory Study

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Leyden Academy, Rijnsburgerweg 10, 2333 AA Leiden, The Netherlands
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Department of Medical Humanities, Amsterdam UMC, Location VUmc, De Boelelaan 1089a, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Sichting B.a.d., Talingstraat 5, 3082 MG Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Occupational Therapy, Applied University of Amsterdam, Tafelbergweg 51, 1105 BD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 8222; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158222
Received: 2 June 2021 / Revised: 26 July 2021 / Accepted: 28 July 2021 / Published: 3 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Advances in Aging)
An emerging body of research indicates that active arts engagement can enhance older adults’ health and experienced well-being, but scientific evidence is still fragmented. There is a research gap in understanding arts engagement grounded in a multidimensional conceptualization of the value of health and well-being from older participants’ perspectives. This Dutch nation-wide study aimed to explore the broader value of arts engagement on older people’s perceived health and well-being in 18 participatory arts-based projects (dance, music, singing, theater, visual arts, video, and spoken word) for community-dwelling older adults and those living in long term care facilities. In this study, we followed a participatory design with narrative- and arts-based inquiry. We gathered micro-narratives from older people and their (in)formal caregivers (n = 470). The findings demonstrate that arts engagement, according to participants, resulted in (1) positive feelings, (2) personal and artistic growth, and (3) increased meaningful social interactions. This study concludes that art-based practices promote older people’s experienced well-being and increase the quality of life of older people. This study emphasizes the intrinsic value of arts engagement and has implications for research and evaluation of arts engagement. View Full-Text
Keywords: long-term care; healthy and active aging; seniors; impact; elderly; arts activities long-term care; healthy and active aging; seniors; impact; elderly; arts activities
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Groot, B.; de Kock, L.; Liu, Y.; Dedding, C.; Schrijver, J.; Teunissen, T.; van Hartingsveldt, M.; Menderink, J.; Lengams, Y.; Lindenberg, J.; Abma, T. The Value of Active Arts Engagement on Health and Well-Being of Older Adults: A Nation-Wide Participatory Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8222. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158222

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Groot B, de Kock L, Liu Y, Dedding C, Schrijver J, Teunissen T, van Hartingsveldt M, Menderink J, Lengams Y, Lindenberg J, Abma T. The Value of Active Arts Engagement on Health and Well-Being of Older Adults: A Nation-Wide Participatory Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(15):8222. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158222

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Groot, Barbara, Lieke de Kock, Yosheng Liu, Christine Dedding, Janine Schrijver, Truus Teunissen, Margo van Hartingsveldt, Jan Menderink, Yvonne Lengams, Jolanda Lindenberg, and Tineke Abma. 2021. "The Value of Active Arts Engagement on Health and Well-Being of Older Adults: A Nation-Wide Participatory Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 15: 8222. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158222

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