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NEA to Host Free Workshop on Creative Aging Research

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Aug 28, 2012

For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Academy of Sciences will co-host a public workshop that will explore the benefit of the arts to the health and well-being of older adults. The workshop  is expected to help inform the NEA and the NIH  of potential opportunities for research in this area. The workshop will take place Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:30am-5:30am.

The gathering will feature leading neuroscientists, psychologists, and researchers and practitioners in health and the arts, who will present findings from research on the arts and aging, in an effort to pinpoint gaps for future studies.  Among the day's topics: How do arts programs for older adults affect brain function?  How does the design of long-term care facilities affect quality of life?  How does art therapy compare to other treatments for older adults with cognitive decline?  What's the cost-benefit analysis of arts in health care programs for older adults?  

This workshop is the latest project of the NEA's Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 14 federal agencies and departments to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.  The workshop is sponsored by the NEA with the National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and National Institute on Aging.

Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Keck Center,  National Academy of Sciences, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

For the full schedule of presenters, visit the Research Convenings section of

The event is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  A video and transcript of the workshop will be available at on September 24, 2012.

Guests may RSVP to Agnes Gaskin, National Academy of Sciences,

Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at 202-682-5606 or

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