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An evaluation of a £1m programme connecting arts organisations and care homes found much more needs to be done to extend the reach of quality arts for older people.
Age UK has called on arts organisations to become more accessible to older people, and on national funders to make ‘age-friendly practice’ a requirement of culture funding.
A two-year project across 20% of Welsh care homes found statistically significant improvements to wellbeing and staff perceptions of residents.
The project marks a change in strategy for funder Sport England, which had signalled its willingness to consider how dance could tackle inactivity.
New ‘Age-Friendly Standards’ launched by the Family Arts Campaign aim to complement existing standards for welcoming families.
Félicie Kertudo tells how she visited the South London Gallery to find out more about how it involves the local community in a range of inclusive projects.
A new study looking at the benefits of visual art activities for people living with dementia should provide the evidence that decision-makers need, say Teri Howson-Griffiths and Gill Windle.
1,000 older people will benefit from the extension of a ‘Dance to Health’ programme involving arts partners including Yorkshire Dance and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
16 cultural organisations have been awarded funding by Arts Council England to create work for and with people over 75 years old.
What’s behind the current rise in interest in dance for older people? Hannah Osmond has been finding out.
Manchester Camerata’s work with people with dementia recently took its musicians to Tokyo to deliver training. Lucy Geddes reveals what they shared and what they learned.
West Yorkshire Playhouse’s commitment to dementia-friendly theatre has enhanced Barney Bardsley faith in humanity. She reveals how it came about.
Older people’s dance classes encourage long-term engagement, but artists face challenges developing relationships with doctors, a survey has found.
Age shouldn’t be a barrier to dancing or performing, says Vicky Thornton. She shares the story of DANCE SIX-0, a contemporary dance company for the over 60s in Salisbury.
A pilot programme by National Museums Liverpool has successfully used drama to train health care professionals to support people to live well with dementia.
Three new funds will help arts organisations become more resilient and more accessible to older people.
Two years after hosting its first dementia friendly performance, West Yorkshire Playhouse has released a best-practice guide to putting on similar shows.
How can you attend a festival if you can’t leave your house? Michael Eades describes a project bringing the festival experience to people with dementia.
Dance offers older people many physical and social benefits, but performing to an audience makes the greatest impact on wellbeing, believes Jemma Bicknell.
Physical access and social isolation emerge as key factors linked to a decline in arts engagement among older people.