Our website supports professionals across health, public health, social care and care home providers to learn more about how creative approaches can achieve your outcomes. We can link you to the latest research and connect you to arts professionals that are trained and committed to working with older people.
"The arts are intrinsically worthwhile. They give joy to our lives and beauty to our environments. They question who we are and why we are here in a profound and enlivening way. However in addition to this they produce many other benefits to individuals and to society in general, especially though improved mental and physical health."
Evidence that listening to self-selected music increases mental task performance in surgeons
The benefits of using music in operating theatres to create a less stressful environment, and the problems that the use of music could pose for the surgical team
The role of the visual arts in developing the observational skills of the medical practitioner and in increasing ability in drawing, stereo vision and three dimensional thinking in neurosurgeons
The evaluation of the results of introducing nursing students to the fine arts, showing that the arts increase awareness in dealing with illness and bereavement, as well as strengthening students’ confidence in their own practice
The introduction of the arts and humanities into nursing and medical educationled to an increased capacity in students for critical analysis and understanding of illness and suffering. This prompted health practitioners to respond in a more humane and thoughtful manner to medical, ethical and social needs
We are already delivering creative approaches to supporting older people to achieve better health, wellbeing and quality of life and there are so many examples of best practice. But there are still so many ways that we can better engage older people in our work. The following examples provide some inspiration, but take a look at our policy and news section for the latest reports and headline data: