Cultural activity can improve the health of older people

SUMMARY:

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.

SOURCES:

CultureCase: http://www.culturecase.org/research/2014/05/cultural-activity-can-improve-the-health-of-older-people/

The Gerontologist, Volume 46, Issue 6, pp 726-734 http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/46/6/726.full

 DETAILS:

BENEFIT: Health and wellbeing, reduced medication, reduced falls
TARGET GROUP: Older people
AGE: 65+
MUSIC TYPE: General
TYPE OF STUDY: Academic research
NOs INVOLVED: 166
PERIOD OF STUDY: 1 year
DATE: 2006
PLACE: United States

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