Creativity Matters: Arts and Aging in America

Gay Hanna and Susan Perlstein

America is graying. In just two years, the United States will have as many people over the age of 65 as there are under the age of 20. Challenges and opportunities abound in this demographic sea change. In response to this coming shift, a new paradigm articulates the idea of seeing older people for their potential rather than their problems. Arts and creativity programs provided by and for older adults are fast becoming accepted for their health, morale, and social benefits.

This Monograph is intended to begin dialogue within the arts field about such programs by providing basic information on current trends and opportunities to integrate creativity and aging. An accompanying Creativity Matters: Arts and Aging Toolkit, now available online for free, provides in-depth information and support for arts program development that targets older adults:


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