Welcome to the Arts and Aging Toolkit
- Edmonton Edition
An information resource on conducting quality community arts programs for older adults
The Arts and Aging Toolkit - Edmonton Edition celebrates older adults’ creative potential and seeks to benefit their overall health. By participating in professionally run community arts programs, older adults achieve a sense of mastery and are social engaged in a way that values their artistic abilities, past experiences, and knowledge.
Participating in quality community arts programs enhance older adults’ quality of life and has research-affirmed health benefits. In a 2001 study by Dr. Gene Cohen, participants in community arts programs reported a higher overall health rating, fewer doctor visits, less medication use, and less instance of falls.
Components of the toolkit include
A project of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC) takes the lead in bringing stakeholders together to plan for improvement to senior services. We support and encourage shared planning, coordination, and collaboration among senior-serving organizations in Edmonton, and we facilitate joint planning to enhance the capacity of organizations to provide effective, accessible services to meet the diverse needs of seniors.
The ESCC recognizes the research-affirmed benefits of arts participation for seniors. Seniors' engagement with the arts has been shown to benefit mental and physical well-being, quality of life, and connections with community. To support and promote the benefits of year-round participation in the arts, the ESCC has developed the Arts and Aging Toolkit - Edmonton Edition.