Noice et al. (2013) Participatory Arts for Older Adults: A Review of Benefits and Challenges

literature type:

journal article


Tony Noice, Helga Noice, and Arthur F. Kramer. The Gerontologist. 2013.


This article reviews the scientific literature on the enhancement of healthy aging in older adults through active participation in the arts. Methodologies and conclusions are described for studies of dance, expressive writing, music (singing and instrumental), theatre arts, and visual arts including documentation of mental/physical improvements in memory, creativity, problem solving, everyday competence, reaction time, balance/gait, and quality of life. In addition to these gains in measures of successful aging, the article also provides (in a Supplementary Appendix) some selected examples of arts engagement for remedial purposes. Finally, it offers suggestions for expanding inquiry into this underinvestigated corner of aging research.


arts categories:

theater arts
mixed-art forms

population(s) served:

older adults