The arts reduce the risk of dementia by up to 63%.
Activities like dancing, playing an instrument, and reading lower the risk of dementia. Older adults who do at least 11 cognitive or physical activities per month are 63% less likely to have dementia.
The arts make life better.
When older adults participate in the arts, they demonstrated statistically significant higher levels of five positive well-being indicators (interest, sustained attention, pleasure, self-esteem and normalcy).
The arts keep people engaged in life.
Research into social dancing shows that such activities leads older dancers to feel more engaged with their life and allows them to connect with pleasant memories from earlier in life while also building new ones in an active, social setting.