Understanding how creative interventions can help develop social connectivity and resilience for older people is vital in developing a holistic cross-sector approach towards ageing well.
Academics with a wide range of expertise critically reflect on how the built environment, community living, cultural participation, lifelong learning, and artist-led interventions encourage older people to thrive and overcome both challenging life events and the everyday changes associated with ageing.
The book uses a range of approaches, including participatory research methods, to bring the voices of older people themselves to the foreground. It looks at how taking part in creative interventions develops different types of social relationships and fosters resilience.
Anna Goulding works at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University. She is interested in cultural participation and wellbeing.
Andrew Newman is Professor of Cultural Gerontology at Newcastle University. His research focuses on resilience, connectivity and community participation.
Bruce Davenport is a Research Associate in Media, Culture, Heritage in the School of Arts & Cultures at Newcastle University
Introduction: The role of creative interventions in fostering resilience in older people ~ Anna Goulding;
Objects of Loss and the Problems of Curating Absence: Towards an Ethnography of Resilience and Continuity in Material Culture Relationships ~ Helen Manchester;
‘Ages and Stages’: participatory research in theatre with older people ~ Professor Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and the ‘Ages and Stages Company’;
Crafting Resilience for Later Life ~ Jackie Reynolds;
Integrating sense of place within new housing developments: A Community-based participatory research approach ~ Ryan WoolrychTori Hui Ren, Lupin Battersby, Sarah L. Canham, Mei Lan Fang, Andrew Sixsmith and Judith Sixsmith;
“I belong to the gardens, but I don't look after them”: How gardening creates a sense of home for older Australians in aged care ~ Debra Sullivan and Evonne Miller;
Social connectivity and creative approaches to dementia care: The case of poetry interventions ~ Aagje Swinnen;
From policy to possibility: enabling creativity and resilience in neighbourhoods ~ Cathy Bailey, Barbara Douglas, Mary Nicholls, Rose Gilroy, Claire Webster-Saaremets, Laura Warwick and Vera Bolter;
The elderly and crafts - oral history and lacemaking as strategies for resilience in women craft groups~ Anna Sznajder and Katarzyna Kosmala;
After the earthquake: Narratives of resilience, re-signification of fear, and revitalisation of local identities in rural communities of Paredones, Chile ~ Cynthia Meersohn Schmidt, Paulina Osorio Parraguez Adriana Espinoza and Pamela Reyes;
Envisioning digital dialogues through walking with elders ~ Rachel Clarke, Clara Crivellaro, Danilo DiMascio, Barbara Douglas;
Connectivity, consumption and social support: the social dynamics of older people viewing contemporary visual art ~ Andrew Newman
Conclusion ~ Anna Goulding, Bruce Davenport and Andrew Newman.