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NEA and NCCA Release Report on the Arts and Healthy Aging

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Feb 09, 2016

One in seven Americans is 65 or older, and that number will double by 2020. In recognition of this sizeable shift in the country’s demographics, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) have released The Summit on Creativity and Aging, a report that highlights findings from a 2015 event. At the summit, which was attended by representatives of the National Guild, experts in the field shared perspectives on how the arts can play a role in healthy aging.

“That conversation about, ‘When do we ask mom for the car keys?’ is directly related to the need for better-designed communities for people as they get older,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The arts and design are significant solutions to promote health, wellness, and quality of life in older adults, and the public and private sector can work together to make that happen.”

The report makes a number of recommendations, including:

  • Work to eliminate ageism across all federal policies in the arts, healthcare, education, and community design.  
  • Federal funding of interdisciplinary research and collaborations to expand the evidence and in turn support funding and policy.
  • More federal incentives for the private sector. Develop private sector incentives to encourage the creation of high-quality programs and services in the arts and design to meet growing demand from people living longer, healthier lives in communities of their choice.
  • Collaborative public-private leadership among public and private arts, aging, health, and community service organizations can help expand evidence-based programs across healthcare systems and community services.

Read the full report here.

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.