Before I worked on the Digital Storytelling & Dementia project, I was involved in the Ageing, Health and Vitality project. The project was set up to investigate whether working with museums had an impact on the health and wellbeing of participating older people. We hoped to find out whether there was an effect and, if there was, whether there was a particular contribution made by the museums (as distinct from, say, participating in the arts).
This time I was working mainly as the project manager but I also took the chance to read through (and write up a review of) the literature around the evidence for the impact of cultural participation on the health and well-being of older people along with the relevant policy.
This summarises the findings from the research carried out as part of the project, including a preliminary, context-setting section.
This looks at the research evidence for the impact, or otherwise, of the impact of cultural participation on the health and well-being of older people. It also looks at the policy environment for this sort of work. Inevitably this will already be somewhat out of date but (hopefully) not too much.