Creative Aging Infographic

Arts Health Network Canada

The Creative Aging infographic was developed by Arts Health Network Canada in 2014. It is intended to introduce the arts-based Creative Aging movement to those who are unfamiliar with it. People working in the field can use the infographic as a tool to help explain their work, while situating it within the broader field. We also hope that it can be shared widely among the public to help promote this growing movement. 


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We acknowledge that this infographic only presents a high-level view of Creative Aging, and not the nuances of various practices and practitioners.  If you have questions, comments or thoughts to share, please do so by contributing to the discussion we have started on our Linked-In group. There is no doubt much to share and learn from one another and as the national Network on arts and health in Canada we are delighted to be creating the space for these types of dialogues.


Check out some of the fantastic organizations that are leading the Creative Aging movement in Canada:

• Arts & Health Project: Healthy Aging Through the Arts (Vancouver)
• Sageing: A Journal of the Arts & Aging (Kelowna)
• Creative Aging Calgary (Calgary)
• Creative Age Edmonton (Edmonton)
• Creative Age London (London)
• Creative Aging Canada (London)
• Sheridan Centre for Elder Research (Oakville)
• Baycrest Creative Arts Studio (Toronto)
• Ryerson 50+ Festival (Toronto) 

If you would like to have your work/program added to this list, please contact us at, we would love to hear from you!


To learn more about Creative Aging, check out these key papers and resources:

• Cohen, G. The Creativity and Aging Study: The Impact of Professionally Conducted Cultural Programs on Older Adults. April 2006. The Center on Aging, Health & Humanities, The George Washington University.
• The National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts & Aging: Building the Science. February 2013. Washington, DC.
• Castora-Binkley, M., Noelker, L., Prohaska, T., & Satariano, W. (2010). Impact of Arts Participation on Health Outcomes for Older Adults. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts, 4(4), 352–367.
• Mental Health Foundation. An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People.  October 2011. Edinburgh, Scotland.
• G. Cohen, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second-Half of Life, Harper Paperbacks, New York, NY, USA, 2001.
• Cohen M.D., Gene D. (2005) The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain – New York, NY: Basic Books

The Arts Health BC Literature Repository on Mendeley includes 1000+ arts & health research citations, many specific to older adults. Sign up for a free Mendeley account, follow the group, download the desktop application and do a key word search for “ageing”, “creative aging” or “older adults”.


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