From the Preface: “Staying Engaged examines data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationally representative sample of older adults (in this case, aged 55 years and older) who are tracked longitudinally. In 2014, for the first time, the HRS included a special survey supplement___a ___Culture and Arts__ module___asking subjects about their arts experiences in the last year, and about their general attitudes toward the arts. Accordingly, authors Rekha and Kumar Rajan are able to compare self-reported health outcomes for older adults who engaged in one or more types of arts participation (or none at all) in 2014. The longitudinal study design also permits the Rajans to analyze the 2002-2014 health profiles of older adults who, in 2014, reported varying levels of arts participation.
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