Creative and Cultural Activities and Wellbeing in Later Life


Following on Age UK’s development of an Index of Wellbeing, which indicated that cultural and creative participation is the single most important factor affecting wellbeing in later life, Age UK undertook a second phase of research that used data from the prior project, especially its Understanding Society survey (USoc) called Wave 2 USoc. Wave 2 USoc engaged 700 “panelists” (ordinary older adults) from across the UK in a qualitative study that examines their cultural participation and its relationship to their wellbeing. The Report also provides examples of creative activities designed for older adults and recommendations for practice and policy.

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Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Adult Education

Aging & Longevity > Health

Aging & Longevity > Lifelong Learning

Aging & Longevity > Positive Aging

Aging & Longevity > Vitality & Wellness


Libby Archer

Farrell Curran

Susan Davidson

José Iparraguirre

Mervyn Kohler

Benita Pursch

Jane Vass

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Age UK

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