Enhancing Healthy Cognitive Aging Through Theater Arts
This article reports on 15 years of studies that document the benefits of a short course in acting for theater and film. These studies provide evidence that older adults can experience enhanced memory, problem-solving ability, comprehension, creativity, and sense of personal growth compared to no-treatment controls or those who undergo alternate courses of instruction (visual arts or music).
KeywordsCognitive Measure Learning Principle Rote Memorization Theatrical Scene Digit Span Backward
This work was supported by Grants # 1 R 15 AG018266-01, 1 R15 AG026306-01, and 1 R15 AG032120-01 from the National Institute on Aging.
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