Learning does not stop at a specific age.
Most older adults want to stimulate their minds and creativity; participating in arts and cultural programs is one way to do this. As life expectancy increases, more attention is being given to the meaning and purpose of later life.
Older adults who both created art and attended arts events reported higher cognitive functioning and lower rates of both hypertension and limitations to their physical functioning than did older adults who neither created nor attended art, according to the NEA’s “Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Particpate in the Arts” report. In fact, among older adults who both created and attended, cognitive functioning scores were seven-fold higher than for adults who did not participate in the arts. And the frequency with which these adults attended art or created art is seen as a factor in their improved health.