Older people – culture, community, connection
In recent years there has been growing interest in the role that cultural participation can play in older people’s wellbeing and sense of connection to other people. This interest has been noted within the cultural sector, as well as the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors (e.g. AgeUK, The Baring Foundation). We are all growing older, and so it is important to consider what the cultural landscape looks like for older people and how it can support people to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives as they age. This research digest presents a collaborative review of the literature relating to the value of cultural participation on wellbeing and feelings of social connection as we age.
In order to evaluate the evidence around the value of arts and culture in supporting the wellbeing and social connectedness of older people, we synthesized and appraised literature published since 2011. This rapid review of the literature was conducted between May and October 2021. This review is part of the Centre for Cultural Value’s synthesis of research within the wider theme of cultural participation.
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