Engagement in the Arts and longevity

the Lantern Festival

the Lantern Festival, Lismore 2019

A prospective 14-year study suggests that engagement in the arts could increase longevity. The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing analysed the responses of 6710 adults aged 50 years or older. The participants self-reported their personal engagement with the arts. The researchers focused on the frequency of ‘receptive arts activities’ such as attending ‘theatre, concerts, opera, museums, art galleries and exhibitions’. An analysis of results showed the risk of dying was less with greater frequency of arts engagement. Compared to no engagement, the risk of dying was 14% lower for those who reported infrequent engagement and 31% lower for those reporting frequent engagement. The study provides additional information about the potential health benefits of receptive arts engagement in older adults. To read more, follow this link

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