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Evaluation of the effects of the ARTmail structured art activity on psycho social well being of seniors with dementia in North Carolina

Research Fellow: Sudha Shreeniwas

This project partnered with the Creative Aging Network of NC, a community based network that provides structured arts programming for seniors of varying ability levels. This is a community engaged project. We examined whether participating in structured arts programming decreased depressive symptoms and increased social connectedness among older adults with dementia, who are a rapidly growing and under-served group. Results supported these hypotheses. We also generated suggestions for program improvement.