Minister Martin said: “The findings of this research are a welcome confirmation of the powerful case for promoting participation in creative life amongst older members of our communities. Increased involvement in creative activities in older age can improve health and wellbeing in older age, and I will continue to work with my colleagues across Government to promote, develop and support access to creative initiatives.”
Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator of TILDA and Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin said: “With well over a decade of research complete, TILDA has a unique and rich dataset to draw upon to show key aspects of successful ageing. This report highlights that participation in creative activities is high among older adults, and has a strong positive effect on overall physical health, mental health and quality of life. These are important research observations. In order to help more older adults engage with creative activities, policies that enable participation in creative activities and remove barriers of access irrespective of disability are a potential means of improving health and wellbeing in a fast growing ageing demographic.”
The full report – Creative Activity in the Ageing Population – is available to read here. Read the summary report here.
The findings of the report were discussed at a webinar jointly hosted by Trinity College Dublin and the Creative Ireland Programme on 22 November.
The research was funded through the Creative Ireland Programme by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Read more about Creativity in Older Age.