The therapeutic and healing use of the creative arts (e.g. music, poetry, dance and painting) has a long history and recent studies have explored the benefits of older groups of people engaging in creative arts, reporting improved physical health and social interaction.
However, while many many studies discuss the outcomes of the creative activity (e.g. increased confidence), the process of engagement itself is often not examined. To develop a robust creative arts intervention, we need to better understand what the creative activity means for participants - both the effects on their lives/wellbeing and the process of engagement.
The pilot study aims to:
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