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PBS Works with Aroha to Draw Attention to Artful Aging

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Jun 24, 2016

With support from Aroha Philanthropies, PBS’s Next Avenue has launched a series of resources designed to support artful aging. The Next Avenue website will aim to tell “stories of how creative expression brings vitality to artists of all ages, and [profile] people…who are making, studying and learning about art after age 50.”

As part of the Artful Aging section of the website, Next Avenue released a free e-book, Artful Aging: How Creativity Sparks Vitality and Transforms Lives. The e-book looks at evidence showing the importance of artistic involvement for improving the health of older adults. According to Julene Johnson, who has studied the impact of choir involvement on healthful aging, suggests that the arts can be involved in:

  • Challenging the mind and body
  • Creating a deep level of engagement
  • Offering a way to express and share culture
  • Allowing for emotional expression
  • Providing the opportunity to create beauty

Throughout the website, there are stories on the powerful potential of the arts for older adults, including the role of artistic practice in fighting ageism, building arts-based communities for all, and the possibilities for living environments that foster creativity.

Visit the Next Avenue website here.

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