Mary Kenny: dancing at 104!
The Arts Council in the North is a pioneer of creative projects for older people
Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30
More than 100 studies in America have shown that older people who have some involvement with the arts have improved wellbeing, better medical outcomes of care, and a reduced likelihood of depression.
And an extensive Norwegian study - involving 51,000 older people (of pensionable age) - showed that people had reduced stress levels and a prolonged active life if they had some connection with the arts.
Loneliness and social isolation in old age have a highly-deleterious effect on health: it can be as bad for people as smoking, and is worse than obesity. People need social involvement, which is all the better if it is creative and imaginative.