The Arts and Aging: Building the Science

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National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts released a summary report on "The Arts and Aging: Building the Science," a review of existing research prepared by a federal task force on the arts and human development. As the report notes, an aging population means "dramatic increases in the number of people with aging-related health conditions, including cognitive decline and dementia. Given the arts' potential to treat, prevent or ameliorate those conditions, additional research is needed to clarify the relationship between the arts and the health and well-being of older adults."