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ERIC Number: EJ974082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0714-9808
A Community-Engaged Art Program for Older People: Fostering Social Inclusion
Moody, Elaine; Phinney, Alison
Canadian Journal on Aging, v31 n1 p55-64 Mar 2012
Social inclusion is an important factor in promoting optimum health and wellness for older adults. Community-engaged arts (CEA) have been promoted as a means to support social inclusion for this population, but little empirical evidence has been reported. The objective of this study was to explore the role of a CEA program in the social inclusion of older, community-dwelling adults. Sixteen hours of participant observation, nine interviews, and document analyses were conducted with 20 older adults participating in the Arts, Health and Seniors (AHS) Program in Vancouver. Results indicated that the program supported seniors' capacity to "connect to community in new ways" by helping them forge connections beyond the seniors centre. Participants also developed a stronger sense of community through "collaboration as a group", working together on the arts project towards a final demonstration to the larger community. The results suggest that CEA programs contribute to social inclusion for older people.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Vancouver)