An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People

The UK has an ageing population. Many older people in the UK experience multiple disadvantages relating to health, deprivation, isolation and ageism. Such disadvantages are not only debilitating in themselves, but can also act as barriers to participating in those social and creative activities that protect good mental health and wellbeing. The Baring Foundation commissioned this review to provide evidence about the benefits of art activities and to support arts organisations to improve their work.