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Through our wellbeing research, Age UK has attempted to find out what makes later life worth living. Our new report explores the striking impact of creative and cultural activities.
On this page, we cover some of the key themes:
Creative and cultural participation is the top-most contributor to wellbeing in older age.
We delved further into our Index of Wellbeing in Later Life around creative and cultural participation – what it is, who does what, and how it differs depending on people's overall level of wellbeing. It told us that participating in creative and cultural activities had the biggest impact on wellbeing.
Our report presents our findings, together with examples of creative and cultural activities for older people and recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.
'Creativity' and 'culture' are hard to define. For this research, we based our indicator on the data collected in the Understanding Society (USoc) survey under the heading of 'cultural activities.'
The prompts asked in the survey range from composing music to being a member of a book club, from visiting a museum to participating in a Chinese festival, with 38 items in total.
We spoke to older people about the hobbies and activities they've chosen to do in later life.
Some of the factors associated with taking part include having access to a car, the person's health, their mental health and wellbeing, whether they are a carer, have friends or live in an urban area.
Some barriers that could prevent people from taking part include:
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