Dr. Gene Cohen’s 2001 seminal study entitled The Creativity and Aging Study revealed that high-quality, professionally conducted, community based arts programs possess ‘powerful positive intervention effects’ for older adults (65+). Participation in arts programs showed a positive impact on the older adult participants’ ‘overall health, doctor visits, medication use, falls, loneliness, morale, and the total number of activities one is engaged in’.
The Centre for Elder Research is committed to seeking innovative ways for older adults of all ages and abilities to actively participate in the creative and performing arts. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan College to explore the feasibility of offering a program of intensive workshops and experiences in the creative and performing arts for adults 55+.
In order to plan a comprehensive program that meets the needs and interests of participants, we would appreciate it if you would complete a brief survey by clicking on the link below. The survey will take only about 10 minutes to complete and will be available until October 3rd. This is your chance to tell us what you would like to experience at this kind of summer institute!