Aging, Creativity and Art

A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development

  • Martin S. Lindauer

Part of the The Plenum Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Case is Made

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 3-22
    3. Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 23-41
  3. Competing Views of Late-Life Creativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 59-70
    3. Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 71-86
  4. Late-Life Creativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 89-102
    3. Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 135-147
  5. The Old-Age Style

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 151-172
    3. Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 193-210
    4. Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 211-222
  6. Art and the Elderly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223

About this book

Introduction

Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development explores the strengths and opportunities of old age as these are manifested by the accomplishments of aging artists, late artistic works, and elderly arts audiences. The book draws on scholarship in the humanities, primarily in art history; examines mainly paintings and painters, both historical and contemporary; reviews empirical research on creativity and cognition, predominantly from psychology and gerontology; and presents the author's original studies, including surveys of art historians, questionnaires completed by aging artists and arts audiences, and experiments involving judgments of art by laypersons. The research presented in Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development suggests that creativity continues into the later years; higher-order mental abilities related to creativity, like imagination and problem-solving, persist until late in life; and the elderly's physical, sensory, mental, and interpersonal competencies may be enhanced by engagement with the arts. This work interrelates the disciplines of science, the humanities, and the arts to form a synthesis that builds on the strengths of the methods of quantification of science; the emphasis on the individual in the humanities; and the expressive and intuitive modes of communication in the arts. Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development critically examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive development, and gerontology, and will be of interest to a wide range of professionals and students in these fields.

Keywords

Action Creativity cognition development psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin S. Lindauer
    • 1
  1. 1.College at BrockportState University of New YorkBrockportUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9202-4
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers/Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4835-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9202-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-709X
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