Resource: Summary of Age UK’s Index of Wellbeing in Later Life – the importance of creative activities

The Wellbeing in Later Life Index, developed by Age UK and the University of Southampton, analysed data from 15,000 people aged 60 and over to measure the wellbeing of the UK’s older population. The summary of this, published in February, found that – whilst there is no ‘magic bullet’ for positive wellbeing since a host of factors play a part – taking part in ‘creative activities’ such as the arts had the most direct influence in improving a person’s wellbeing in later life. The activities that older people took part in included dancing, playing a musical instrument, visiting museums, photography, singing, painting and writing.

For more details and  to download the report visit the AgeUK website.

AgeUK – Wellbeing Index Summary

Source: Cultural Commissioning Programme

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