This research was conducted by Gene D. Cohen and five others at George Washington University and other institutions in the USA. This paper reports the results of a study into the effects of a cultural programme on the physical and mental health of the elderly. The research is based on a study of generally healthy people in the Washington DC area. The research found that after a year of engaging in a programme of cultural activities people improved their mental and physical health, were less reliant on medication, had fewer falls and fewer visits to the doctor when compared to a group of similar adults who had not participated in the activity. They also felt happier and less lonely and were generally more active.
The Gerontologist, Volume 46, Issue 6, pp 726-734 http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/46/6/726.full
|BENEFIT:||Health and wellbeing, reduced medication, reduced falls|
|TARGET GROUP:||Older people|
|TYPE OF STUDY:||Academic research|
|PERIOD OF STUDY:||1 year|