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Confronting ageism: The potential of intergenerational contemporary art events to increase understandings of older adults and ageing

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Cook, PS and Vreugdenhil, A and Macnish, B, Confronting ageism: The potential of intergenerational contemporary art events to increase understandings of older adults and ageing, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37, (3) pp. E110-E115. ISSN 1440-6381 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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© 2018 AJA Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajag.12561

Abstract

Objective: To explore the impact of an innovative intergenerational art event showcasing retirement village life on attendees’ understandings of older adults and ageing.

Methods: A survey of 93 art event attendees was conducted immediately after 16 sessions of the event (78% response rate). Respondents reported on their event experience and its impact on their understandings of older adults and attitudes towards ageing. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) used to test for differences between age groups (18–34, 35–64 and 65+ years).

Results: Over 90% of attendees reported the art event helped them develop an understanding of the lives of older people, with the greatest impact on young and middle‐aged adults. The majority of young and middle‐aged adults, however, expressed concern about their own ageing.

Conclusion: Results suggest that intergenerational art events have the potential to increase understandings of older adults and their lives, but this may not translate into personalised comfort with ageing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ageing, ageism, arts, intergenerational events, intergenerational relations, village, creative arts, installation, arts festival, intergenerational program
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
UTAS Author:Cook, PS (Dr Peta Cook)
UTAS Author:Vreugdenhil, A (Associate Professor Anthea Vreugdenhil)
ID Code:127172
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-07-16
Last Modified:2018-12-03
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