We put the power of the arts in support of older adults at our statewide convening, Arts and Aging in Missouri. Speakers and performers told their stories, shared their successes, and helped participants learn how to reach and work with older adults by using the arts. Performances by musicians, storytellers, and more entertained and inspired us. The event was attended by older adults, social workers, family members, artists, arts administrators, educators, and other people who were with an arts organization, business, foundation, nonprofit, or government agency that cares about older adults.
We know the arts have the power to assist older adults with creative expression. The arts add value beyond the aesthetic, using creativity to enhance outcomes that are engaging, healing, and educational.
Adults ages 65 and older number more than 16% of our population. Within just a couple of decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history.
Arts and Aging in Missouri took place on April 4, 2019 at the University of Missouri in Columbia.