Subjective Experiences of Participatory Arts Engagement of Healthy Older People and Explorations of Creative Aging


This research reports on findings from a qualitative focus group study designed to assess the experiences of healthy older people, living at home, who engaged in participatory arts activities. What makes the study stand out from others is the emphasis on participants’ subjective experiences, using their voices to clarify “participatory” arts engagement and support emerging theories of creative aging. The conclusion states: “Findings suggest that participation in everyday creative experiences can lead to a sense of achievement and purpose, which provides support and structure in the construction of changing identity in later life.” The study adds to the growing body of evidence regarding the social and psychological benefits of arts participation for active older adults.


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Creative Aging


Emily Bradfield

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