An information resource on conducting quality community arts programs for older adults.
The Arts and Aging Toolkit - Edmonton Edition celebrates older adults’ creative potential and seeks to benefit their overall health. By participating in professionally run community arts programs, older adults achieve a sense of mastery and are social engaged in a way that values their artistic abilities, past experiences, and knowledge.
Participating in quality community arts programs enhance older adults’ quality of life and has research-affirmed health benefits. In a 2001 study by Dr. Gene Cohen, participants in community arts programs reported a higher overall health rating, fewer doctor visits, less medication use, and less instance of falls.
Components of the toolkit include:
- Effective Practices
- Programs Description
- Grants and Funding
- Program Profiles