Museum-based programs for socially isolated older adults: understanding what works

Todd, C., Camic, Paul M., Lockyer, B., Thomson, L. and Chatterjee, H. (2017) Museum-based programs for socially isolated older adults: understanding what works. Health & Place, 48. pp. 47-55.

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This paper presents research findings that help to understand how museum programs created opportunities to enhance wellbeing and health, and changed experiences of social isolation in older adults. The research conceptualized how program elements enabled both individual experiences and relational processes to occur. These components operated within a context that was enriched by the museum as a place to support wellbeing and enhance social interaction.

To meaningfully support socially isolated older people as part of local public health strategies, museums need to be accessible and engaging places that purposively support social interaction by involving people and objects, participating in multiple sessions over time, that are facilitated by skilled and knowledgeable staff.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Museums; wellbeing; social isolation; social prescribing; older people; healthy ageing
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General) > AM0111 Museology. Museum methods, technique, etc.
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts > N0400 Art museums, galleries, etc.
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R0726.7 Health psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
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Depositing User: Prof Paul M Camic
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 04:47

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