Subject Term: Creative Aging

Arts, Education, the Brain, and Language

From the abstract:

This study uses neuroscientific methods to examine whether there are cognitive differences between performing arts and non-performing arts students and among students studying different performing arts, in particular between music students and theater students.

Arts Organizations and Public Health: Developing Relationships and Programs to Address Local Health Priorities

Partners for Livable Communities (Partners) releases, “Arts Organizations and Public Health,” a guide to creating partnerships between art and health organizations. This primer was designed for the arts organization that wishes to initiate programming focused on local health issues, or create partnerships with health groups in order to best meet the needs of the community. Arts Organizations and Public Health identifies best practices of diverse arts organizations from around the United States to inform this work. The best practices can be used as references, and are cited throughout the publication to correlate with text.

Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Older Adults

From the toolkit:

Art can be a powerful activity for older adults. For many seniors art is a lifelong passion, for others, art is a hobby that they never had the time to pursue. No matter the situation, having an art program in your community can contribute substantially to the overall quality of life of your residents.

Art & Creativity

From the website:

Creativity is one aspect of personality that is characterized by novel and appropriate (or relevant) ideas, processes or objects. Creativity has been a tough concept to nail down precisely. For example, we have not yet been able to program computers to be innovative – they handle huge but predictable, rule-based decisions. What drives creative people to transform old ideas into new ones? How can creativity be cultivated or taught? One suggestion is that your environment should include a mix of challenge and involvement, freedom, trust, openness, playfulness, humor, conflict resolution, debates and risk taking. Once thought to be a sign of divinity or insanity, we now recognize that creativity is a complex cognitive process, even if the precise mechanisms are still unclear.

Is It Really Too Late to Learn New Skills?

From the article:

You missed your chance to be a prodigy, but there’s still growth left for grownups. The joys—and occasional embarrassments—of being a novice could be an antidote to the strain of being a perfectionist.””

A look at “Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning” by Tom Vanderbilt.

What Happens to Creativity as We Age?

From the article:

How does the ability to come up with unusual ideas change as we grow older? Does it begin to flag in adolescence? Before then? To investigate these questions, we and our colleagues recently conducted several experiments, which we relate in a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Does Creativity Decline with Age?

From the article:

This question has attracted scientific research for more than a century. In fact, the first empirical study of this issue was published in 1835. Thus, I can offer a confident answer: not quite! At least not if creativity is assessed by productivity or by making original and valuable contributions to fields such as science and art.