Culture and Health

Conceptual art for the aging brain: Piloting an art-based cognitive health intervention

A pilot study examined the effects of an art-based cognitive health intervention on healthy elderly people. The 12-week intervention aimed to improve cognitive functioning and psychosocial wellbeing. The results showed significant improvements in the participants' executive function, cognitive flexibility and life satisfaction. Furthermore, during the qualitative interviews, the seniors reported "personal growth and learning" due to the acquired skills and emphasised that the course material was stimulating and personally relevant. These results suggest that the art-based intervention can have a positive impact on cognition and wellbeing of the elderly. The authors of the article suggest investigating the connections between conceptual art, dementia risk and wellbeing in older people in future interventions.