Creative activity in the ageing population: Findings from Wave 6 of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing

Older adults in Ireland who participate in arts, creative and cultural activities report higher quality of life and lower levels of depression, stress, worry and loneliness, according to this report from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin.

Commissioned by the Creative Ireland Programme of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the report uses data from Wave 6 of the study to examine the associations between engagement with the arts and creative activities and physical, mental, and behavioural health outcomes, as well as the long-term benefits of participation. The mean age in Wave 6 is 72.21 years old (range 61-101 years old).

It builds on a previous TILDA report, ‘Creative Activity in the Ageing Population’ (2021), by exploring engagement, motivations, and barriers to participation and the long-term relationship between participation, health, and quality of life.

Ann Hever, Christine McGarrigle, Deirdre O’Connor, Mark Ward, Niamh Hennelly, Rose Anne Kenny, Siobhan Scarlett

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing


culture, Older people


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