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J Aging Health. 2004;16(4):562-85.

A short-term intervention to enhance cognitive and affective functioning in older adults.

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Department of Psychology, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA. helgan@elmhurst.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was designed to investigate the benefits of a short-term intervention for older adults that targeted cognitive functioning and quality of life issues important for independent living.

METHOD:

One hundred twenty-four community-dwelling participants (aged 60 to 86) took part in one of three study conditions: theater arts (primary intervention), visual arts (non-content-specific comparison group), and no-treatment controls.

RESULTS:

After 4 weeks of instruction, those given theater training made significantly greater gains than did no-treatment controls on both cognitive and psychological well-being measures. A comparison of theater and visual arts training showed fewer benefits in fewer areas for visual arts.

DISCUSSION:

The authors suggest reasons why various aspects of theater training appear to enhance healthy aging.

PMID:
15271270
DOI:
10.1177/0898264304265819
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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