Key Messages in this report are:
An ageing society is a cause for celebration but brings with it an increased
demand for local services and funds, including for local authorities.
'¢ This compounds the pressure on local authorities at a time of severe funding
'¢ The arts are effective at connecting isolated and lonely older people with the
wider community, including across generations.
'¢ There is good evidence that the arts have a positive impact on the physical and
mental well-being of older people, including those living with dementia. This is
acknowledged for instance in National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
'¢ This means that the arts are a good way for local authorities to deliver key
policies such as prevention and supporting older people continuing to live at
'¢ The arts can also help social care services run better, for instance by supporting
the retention of care staff through offering more fulfilling jobs.
'¢ Local authorities have roles and interests regarding health and well-being;
the arts and culture; older people's services; social inclusion; and community
'¢ This combination of roles make local authorities uniquely well placed to take a
lead on arts and older people.
'¢ However, most local authorities have yet to acknowledge these connections and
to fully engage with arts and older people.