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Developing the Art–Technology Intergenerational Community Program for Older Adults’ Health and Social Connectedness

This report on ACIT (an intergenerational art-technology program) discusses the development, implementation and evaluation of a university based initiative designed to use art to promote individual older adults’ health, well-being, and social connectedness. College students worked with participants to create interactive art that integrated paper-based electronic circuits into various art forms such as ornaments and light-up greeting cards.  The project was specifically designed to address older adult needs.  It was somewhat unusual in the focus on  development of both art and technology skills, with support from young people, as an approach to improving the health and quality of life for older adults.  The relatively small number of subjects (18) allowed for in-depth quantitative and qualitative evaluation. 

A Community Choir Intervention to Promote Well-Being Among Diverse Older Adults: Results From the Community of Voices Trial

This article reports on a randomized control study of the effects of a Community of Voices choir intervention on the “health, well-being and health care costs of racial/ethnically diverse” adults 60 years and older. Sixty-five (65%) of study participants were non-white. Researchers examined an array of outcomes including “physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of health.” Findings suggest intervention group members experienced significant reductions in loneliness and increased interest in life.