Many older adults choose to pursue various performing arts in their retirement. These can be things like dance, theatre, music, and others. There have been studies into older adults’ participation in performing arts. It has been found that there are many health and social benefits of such participation. A recent review in The Gerontologist has looked at 77 published studies on older adults’ participation in theatre arts. The following are some of the findings from those studies. There are good reasons why older adults should start to appreciate performing arts, mainly because they can improve their overall well-being. Read on to learn about the benefits of appreciating performance arts!
Health And Well-being
One of the most significant benefits of appreciating performing arts is your health and well-being. Joining in performing arts can help to decrease anxiety and loneliness in older adults. It also helps to increase one’s sense of value and purpose. Performing arts also bring many other emotional benefits including happiness, fun, and also freeing up the imagination. Some cognitive benefits include improvements in word generation, memory, comprehension, and problem-solving.
Another area that performing arts has an impact on is the enhancing or transforming of group relationships. This includes intergenerational relationships, relationships between individuals at varying levels of care, and relationships between individuals from different racial and cultural backgrounds. This will improve the relationships between the individual and their caregivers, families, and peers. Dramatic role play and devising are effective in creating a safe space for expressing and challenging age-related stereotypes. It also gives people a place to find commonalities and accept differences.
Learning And Creativity
Another positive value of the performing arts is the opportunity for learning and creativity. Although this is included in the cognitive benefits as previously mentioned, the researchers note that by taking on and meeting challenges, older adults are able to gain a sense of enrichment, achievement, and fulfillment. This not only impacts the lives of older adults, but also has a wider social impact of fighting against ageist stereotypes.
Appreciating Performing Arts For Older Adults
Another benefit is the cultural value provided by performances. Research should not just focus on the benefits of participating in performing arts for older adults, but also on the experience of watching performing arts for older adults. This deserves more attention and further study.
In light of this research, there should be attention paid to providing older adults with opportunities to further engage with performing arts, either through programs in retirement communities or by connecting them with local performing arts groups. With so many benefits, it is a good idea to start appreciating the performing arts today!
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