Professionally-conducted participatory arts programs impact older adults by improving health, decreasing depression and loneliness, and increasing participation in other kind of activities.
After a year of singing in a chorale, older adults visited their doctor an average of 2.5 times less per year. This saves $500 per person, or up to $43.3 billion for the 86.7 million older adults in the US each year.
The arts literally make your brain grow. Participating in the visual arts for as little as 10 weeks has been shown to increase the resiliency and neural connectivity of the brain, making for increased self-awareness and better memory processing.
Two-thids of older adults who frequently dance or play a musical instrument are less likely to develop dimentia.