Creative Ageing Framework a work of art

Artful: Art and Dementia program, 2018. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photo by Jacquie Manning.

Artful: Art and Dementia program, 2018. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photo by Jacquie Manning.

Painting for people living with dementia is one program highlighted in the NSW Government’s new framework to help boost health and wellbeing for older people.

The NSW Creative Ageing Framework promotes productive ageing and healthy lifestyles by tapping into seniors’ creativity by encouraging seniors to undertake creative pursuits as a way to challenge themselves, stay socially connected and embrace lifelong learning.

The framework assists with partnerships between the arts and culture sector and organisations that support older people and will also raise awareness of the benefits of creative ageing programs and highlight the contributions of older artists.

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) creative ageing program ‘Artful’, aims to empower people living with dementia – the greatest cause of disability in Australians aged over 65 – by creating life-enriching experiences.

“Meaningfully engaging people living with dementia with contemporary art encourages mental and physical stimulation and self-expression,” MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, said.

The Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA) helped develop the framework and said it’s a timely addition amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Depression and loneliness are two of the biggest risk factors in older people’s lives, and we commend the NSW Government on this initiative,” MACA Chair, Kathryn Greiner AO, said.

The framework is a key initiative of the Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021–2031. Find out more about the Framework.

Image: Artful: Art and Dementia program, 2018. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photo by Jacquie Manning.
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Published: 6 April 2021