The Experience of Aging & Art

Publisher: Great American Art

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The Experience of Aging & Art

Aging brings with it biological, psychological, cognitive, and social changes. Older adults, however, are not a uniform group. The experience of aging varies from person to person, but from the perspective of the ecology of aging, older adulthood is a phase in life greatly influenced by the physical environment. It's these surroundings that can pose significant challenges but can also increase opportunities for aging well. The impact of artwork is often discounted, however, as a component of the physical environment it exerts influence on the individuals who inhabit senior living communities. This white paper discusses how care and consideration in its selection and placement can contribute to a positive environment that responds to the changes that come with age while offering community and connection.