Did you know that people who participate in shared creative experiences are more likely to be happier, more socially engaged and have an increased sense of physical and mental well-being?
Age & Opportunity Arts is a dedicated arts and culture programme running throughout the year in local communities around Ireland. We host a range of different creative initiatives from our annual, high profile, Bealtaine Festival which takes place throughout the month of May through to other smaller events, organised day trips to museum, galleries and artist in residence in care settings.
One of our most popular initiatives is ‘Cultural Companions’ which creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who will accompany each other to cultural events.
We also run professional development workshops to support older artists, and participation workshops and classes in different artforms such as dance and creative writing.
We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.
Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:
- mental wellbeing
- reduced stress
- improved cognition
- sense of identity and personhood
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- reduced boredom.