Arts & Aging Study

Landmark study on the effects of arts participation on an aging population

 The Creativity and Aging Study

This study, lead by Gene D. Cohen, MD, looked at the impact of professionally conducted cultural programs on the physical health, mental health, and social functioning of older adults. This was the first controlled study to assess whether participation in the creative arts, apart from traditional medical care, can promote healthier aging. For more information, click on the links below.

Creativity and Aging (NEA) Study Final Report (pdf)

Creativity and Aging (NEA) Study publication in The Gerontologist, December 2006 (pdf)


Lead sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Other Funders:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH);
  • Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, DHHS;
  • AARP/National Retired Teachers Association;
  • Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation (NYC); and
  • the International Foundation for Music Research.

The Center, as a home for interprofessional researchers in the Aging field, wishes to foster and support collaborative work.  We welcome your feedback and invite you to e-mail us at [email protected].