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Reducing Social Isolation in a Rural Community Through Participation in Creative Arts Projects

Pearce, Ruth and Lillyman, Sue (2015) Reducing Social Isolation in a Rural Community Through Participation in Creative Arts Projects. Nursing Older People, 27 (10). pp. 33-38. ISSN Print 1472-0795 Online 2047-8941

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This article reports the initial findings from the evaluation of four creative arts projects involving groups of older people living in a rural community. The purpose of the projects was to reduce social isolation among participants through providing direct access to arts and social activities. The view was that these activities would improve life skills and independence, increase levels of activity and improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life of participants. Evaluation of these projects demonstrated increased levels of self-worth and self-esteem among participants, and many of the older people involved agreed that they had made new friends while having the opportunity to try out a new activity.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: creative arts, health, loneliness, older people, quality of life, social isolation, wellbeing
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Sue Lillyman
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2016 10:34
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 10:34

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