Participatory Arts

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Additionally, the arts can be considered as the antidote. The Mental Health Foundation concluded that “it is evident that engaging with participatory art can improve the wellbeing of older people and mediate the negative effects of becoming older” (Mental Health Foundation 2011). Participating the arts can widely divided into modes: being a member of the audience and creating a work by themselves. Both types offers the elderly great opportunities for making new friends, having interaction with other people, though “it is likely that the latter, creating art (sometimes called ‘participatory arts’) will be more prolonged, may be more satisfying, have greater depth and be more likely to break down isolation and loneliness” (Cutler 2012).
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