Research Shows Participation in the Arts Promotes Better Health for Elderly

The 2013 Elder Care Fair in Marble Falls, Texas, will feature over 50 organizations that offer programs for older adults in the area. Organizations include the Harmony School of Creative Arts, which emphasizes the positive effects of arts on aging. “Studies have shown that challenging, participatory programs promote better health and disease prevention, resulting in higher levels of independence and less need for long-term care,” says Barbara Bend, executive director of the Harmony School. While the event sponsors recognize the importance of daily exercise and diet, they will also feature a number of organizations that promote arts programs such as learning a musical instrument and studying watercolor painting. The goal of the event is to combat isolation by engaging the elderly community in social programs that also help improve both physical and cognitive abilities.

The River Cities Daily Tribune