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Mar 08, 2016

In a New York Times article entitled “Using the Arts to Promote Healthy Aging,” the author notes that programs such as Elders Share the Arts have a positive impact on the health of older adults. According to the article, “Dr. Gene D. Cohen…directed the Creativity and Aging Study, a controlled study sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts at three sites, including Elders Share the Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., that showed after only a year that the health of elders in the cultural groups stabilized or improved in contrast to a decline among those in the control groups.”

The NYT also highlights the work of EngAGE—the subject of a recent profile in GuildNotes—pointing out that residents of the retirement facility have unique opportunities to engage in the arts. Dolly Brittan and a friend, for example, developed a piece that told “their life stories in rap” and then performed their memoirs “on a stage for at-risk teenagers they were mentoring.”

Click here for the full NYT article.

About Elders Share the Arts

Elders Share the Arts (ESTA) offers high-caliber arts programming that ignites creative expression, cultivates elders' role as bearers of history and culture, and generates new pathways to connect them to their communities. ESTA's residencies are a springboard for developing and researching replicable programs, and through our training we provide opportunities for organizations to help serve this growing population.

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