Research

Comres poll on impact of arts and culture on older people

Comres research carried out for Arts Council England in November 2015 demonstrates the impact of arts and culture on health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people aged 65 and upwards in England.

Headlines include:

  • 76% of older people say arts and culture is important in making them feel happy
  • 57% say arts and culture is important in helping them meet other people
  • 60% say it is important in encouraging them to get out and about

Almost two in five (38%) older people say that it is more difficult to attend or take part in arts and cultural events or activities now compared to when they were younger.

Access, company and information are the most commonly cited ways that older people say would improve their attendance at and participation in arts and culture; 43% select venues that are easier to get to e.g. help with transport, or information about local buses or trains, whilst 39% say having someone to go with would make them take attend or take part in more arts and cultural events or activities.

Three quarters of older people say that arts and culture is important to making them feel happy (76%), however at least half of older people select each of the options tested. Almost seven in ten (69%) say that arts and culture is important in improving their overall quality of life, three in five say that it is important in making them feel healthy or in encouraging them to get out and about (60% for each), a similar proportion (57%) say that arts and culture is important in helping them to meet other people, and half (51%) say that it is important in helping them to feel less alone.

Half (52%) of older people say that they attend or participate in arts and culture less now than in their teenage years, and 49% say that they attend or participate in arts and culture less now than in their 20s and 30s.

Read full details of the poll here

Photo credit: Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.

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