Seniors’ engagement with arts may suffer after hospitalization

February 11, 2015 10:07 PM

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A year after being hospitalized, seniors who enjoyed the arts were only about half as likely to attend concerts, films or art exhibits as they had been 10 years earlier, a new study from Ireland finds.

The drop-off in seniors’ art interest during and after hospitalization could be partly explained by age, illness and, in some cases, depression. But researchers said the lack of access to engaging art and culture in the hospital could also be a factor.

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