National Institute of Health Digs Deeper into Connection Between Arts and Aging
The National Institutes of Aging (NIA), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at NIH, and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) has come together to explore the ways in which artistic expression can benefit the health and wellness of older adults. The research is showing that acting and singing improve the quality of life of older adults. Both acting and singing had a social benefits, creating new friendships between the participants. More research shows that participating in arts has a lasting effect, showing no decrease in cognitive ability after four months. More data needs to be collected to fully prove that the arts have a direct benefit to aging well, but the preliminary signs are positive.
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