Older people

Magic Me

Paul Cochrane for Magic Me & Punchdrunk Enrichment
Stephen Dobbie for Magic Me & Punchdrunk Enrichment

Arts charity Magic Me is running a two year programme of artists residencies in care homes for older people, in partnership with Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care home provider and four arts partners, all leaders in their field: Punchdrunk Enrichment, Lois Weaver, Duckie and Upswing.

cARTrefu – arts in care settings


In April 2015, Age Cymru began delivering a new project, cARTrefu, across care homes in Wales. The project is jointly funded by the Baring Foundation and Arts Council Wales.


Annie Gould with GETTING ON automaton with Robert Race Artist and OSJCT resident
Annie Gould New Brewery Arts GETTING ON Project

Aims and Objectives: To commission an older artist who, whilst exploring their own ageing, would create a dynamic piece of new art for those with some of the least access to public art - the cared for elderly.  
For the work to be made accessible to over 1,600 older people in care.
To provide a stimulating resource  and promote continuing creativity for their improved wellbeing.
To contribute to the debate about the benefits of continuing creativity for wellbeing  
To put the wellbeing benefits of continued creativity on the agenda of carehome managers.

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of community singing on mental health-related quality of life of older people: randomised controlled trial

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

As the population ages, older people account for a greater proportion of the health and social care budget. Whereas some research has been conducted on the use of music therapy for specific clinical populations, little rigorous research has been conducted looking at the value of community singing on the mental health-related quality of life of older people.

To evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of community group singing for a population of older people in England.


The Contribution of Community Singing Groups to the Well-Being of Older People: Participant Perspectives From the United Kingdom

Southern Gerontological Society

Current evidence suggests that participatory arts activities, and particularly group singing, may contribute to the well-being of older people. However, there is currently a paucity of prospective research from the participant perspective. This qualitative study nested within a randomized controlled trial aimed to assess participants’ perspectives of the acceptability and effect on health and well-being of a community singing program for older people.

Bring on the health economists: time for a rigorous evaluation of senior participative arts


Purpose – As our elderly population increases, scheduled to rise by 61 per cent in the next 20 years, a national
panic has set in about what to do. Antidepressant use is on the rise, and the figures for loneliness and depression
skyrocketing. So far, so normal and so very disheartening. The purpose of this paper is to make a radical plea
to change our thinking about how the lives of our senior citizens are lived: bring on the health economists, and
let us put some serious funding into studying the effects of participative arts on the lives of older people.

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