“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
     — Albert Einstein

Resources to learn about the value and benefits of creative aging.
If you would like to add a resource, please submit suggestion to info@engAGEUtah.org.

Age and Arts Participation (2011), NEA demographic research.

Arts & the Minds (2012), PBS documentary. 
    Part 1: Creativity
  Part 2: Art of Connection

The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being, NEA

Arts and Older Americans, National Endowment for the Arts (updated March 2011).

Bibliography on Creativity and Aging, John A. Krout, Ph.D., Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, 2013.

Culture Connects All: Rethinking Audiences in Times of Demographic Change (2011).

Creativity and Aging Study, Dr. Gene Cohen, NEA, 2007.

Creative Aging Best Practices, NEA (2007).

Creativity, Art and the Mature Mind (2012), recorded webinar with Susan Perlstein and Michael C. Patterson, MindRamp.

Creativity Matters: Arts and Aging in America (2008).

Creativity Matters: Took Kit.

Creative Power of Aging (2008), 30-minute video about Minnesota Creative Aging Network (now known as ARTSAGE).

Critical Progammatic Success Factors of Select Arts Programs for Older Adults, Suzanne M. Cada. This master's thesis examines select programs within five arts disciplines: Elders Share the Arts (theatre), Museum One (visual art), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (dance), New Horizons Music (music), and Arts for the Aging (writing/literature), 2004 

Exploring the Relationship of Arts Participation and Creativity to Physical Health and Psychological Well-being in Older Adults. Six videos of 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. Conference summary report, Art and Aging: Building the Science.

"I Feel Better When I Paint," clips from documentary on visual arts an Alzheimer's disease.

“Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly,” New England Journal of Medicine (2003) This article is summarized on this web site, “Does Dancing Make You Smarter?”

Opening Doors to Memory and Imagination: Creating a Museum Program for People with Memory Loss, compiled by Jane Tygesson (2012).

Reawakening the Mind, Arts4Dementia, London (2013).

Stories of Change (2012), Partners for Livable Communities.

Think and Be Heard: Creativity, Aging, and Community Engagement

TimeSlips™ Creative Storytelling Opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.

State of Utah, Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, 2012 Baseline Projections for the State of Utah and the counties using results from the 2010 Census as. the base. Population by Area, Sex, and Selected Age Groups.


Tim Carpenter describes Burbank Senior Artists Colony


Distance Learning for Older Adults--coming soon to Utah


Alive Inside, documentary by Michael Russato-Bennett features work of Music and Memory.


Creative Aging: State of the Field by Stuart Kandell, April 22, 2013,  University of Utah

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