Art Therapy and Creative Aging: Reclaiming Elderhood, Health and Wellbeing


Art Therapy and Creative Aging offers an integrated perspective on engaging with older people through the arts. Drawing from the author’s clinical, research and teaching experiences, the book explores how arts engagement can intertwine with and support healthy aging.

This book combines analysis of current development theory, existing research on creative programs with elders, and case examples of therapeutic experience to critically examine ageism and demonstrate how art therapy and creative aging approaches can harness our knowledge of the cognitive and emotional development of older adults. Chapters cover consideration of generational, cultural, and historical factors; the creative, cognitive and emotional developmental components of aging; arts and art therapy techniques and methods with older adults with differing needs; and examples of best practices.

Creative arts therapists, creative aging professionals, and students who seek foundational concepts and ideas for arts practice with older people will find this book instrumental in developing effective ways of using the arts to promote health and well-being and inspire engagement with this often-underserved population.


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subject terms

Aging & Longevity > Health

Aging & Longevity > Vitality & Wellness

Creative Aging

Creative Aging > Creative Expression


Raquel Stephenson

related organization

Lesley University

book title

Art Therapy and Creative Aging: Reclaiming Elderhood, Health and Wellbeing

resource type

Books and Chapters




art therapy, arts engagement, Creative Aging, elderhood, lifelong learning, wellbeing