National Academy of Sciences Workshop: Panel 1

National Academy of Sciences Workshop: Panel 1

Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities for Exploring the Relationship of the Arts to Health and Well-Being in Older Adults: Panel 1

Topic: The relationship of arts programs and interventions to psychological well-being, cognitive, sensory, and motor skills function in older adults, and the underlying neural processes.

Moderator: Art Kramer, University of Illinois. Speakers: "Participatory Arts: Benefits and Challenges" by Tony Noice, Elmhurst College; Helga Noice, Elmhurst College; and Art Kramer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; "Aging and the Arts: Making Music" by Nina Kraus, Northwestern University and Alexandra Parbery-Clark, Northwestern University.

The September 14, 2012 workshop focused on research gaps and opportunities for exploring the relationship of arts participation and creativity to physical health and psychological well-being in older adults.

The workshop was presented by the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on National Statistics, at the request of a consortium of the National Endowment for the Arts and three units within the National Institutes of Health: the National Institute on Aging, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine.