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.
“Resilience is an area of growing interest within critical gerontology and policy agendas and in this book, academics with a wide range of expertise critically reflect on ways
in which cultural engagement can encourage older people to thrive.” Simon Evans, University of Worcester
“Goulding et al.’s collection offers thought-provoking insights into pathways to individual and collective resilience in old age, as well as insights into the potential benefits of developing older people’s resilience through creativity…likely to be of interest to practitioners and researchers interested in a range of fields.” The Gerontologist
Anna Goulding is a Research Associate at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University.
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 ~ Anna Goulding;
Setting the field: older people’s conceptualisation of resilience and its relationship to cultural engagement ~ Anna Goulding
Ages and Stages: creative participatory research with older people ~ Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and the Ages and
Stages Theatre Company
Social connectivity and creative approaches to dementia care: the case of a poetry intervention ~ Kate de Medeiros and Aagje Swinnen
Narrative identity and resilience for people in later life with dementia living in care homes: the role of visual arts enrichment activities ~
Andrew Newman, Bruce Davenport and Teri Howson-Griffiths
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
Integrating sense of place within new housing developments: a community-based participatory research approach ~ Mei Lan Fang, Ryan Woolrych, Judith Sixsmith, Sarah L. Canham, Lupin Battersby, Tori Hui Ren and Andrew Sixsmith
Ageing in place: creativity and resilience in neighbourhoods ~ Cathy Bailey, Rose Gilroy, Joanna Reynolds, Barbara Douglas, Claire Webster Saaremets, Mary Nicholls,Laura Warwick and Martin Gollan
Crafting resilience for later life ~ Jackie Reynolds
Oral histories and lacemaking as strategies for resilience in women’s craft groups ~ Anna Sznajder and Katarzyna Kosmala
Objects of loss: resilience, continuity and learning in material culture relationships ~ Helen Manchester
Later-life gardening in a retirement community: sites of identity, resilience and creativity ~ Evonne Miller, Geraldine Donoghue, Debra Sullivan
and Laurie Buys