The Arts Can Promote Healthy Aging

Senior man wearing headphones, eyes closed, close-upThe  arts are improving the bodies and the minds of the elderly all over the country.

A documentary two years ago called “Alive Inside” showed how music can help the most vulnerable old folks, particularly those with dementia.

A man who would not speak was given an IPod and he came back to life, talking, wiggling to the music and singing along.

A project called Music and Memory provided the IPods.

But across the country arts projects of various stripes are enhancing the lives of older people and are even keeping many out of nursing homes, according to a story in the New York Times.

Elders are painting, writing and getting involved in other forms of the arts.

The programs also help with social engagement, something that helps people in and of themselves.

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