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Can colouring improve the mood and concentration of older adults? Developing a research study

Holt, N J; Christopher, G; McClean, S

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Nicola Holt Nicola.Holt@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Ind Differ/Res Methods

Dr Stuart McClean Stuart.Mcclean@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor Public Health (Health & Wellbeing)



Abstract

Colouring has been advocated as a wellbeing activity for older adults (e.g., Alzheimer’s Society, 2018) and colouring books and activity packs specific to this population abound (e.g., Active Minds, 2018). Despite this, no research has examined the efficacy of colouring for older adults. This paper will outline the potential benefits and use of colouring for older adults and will share current research plans to evaluate its efficacy. The proposed research will conduct a cross-over controlled trial to test the immediate impact of colouring on mood and cognition, and will evaluate the impact of a ten-week-long colouring intervention on longer-term wellbeing.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Jul 2, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Holt, N. J., Christopher, G., & McClean, S. (2019, July). Can colouring improve the mood and concentration of older adults? Developing a research study. Paper presented at Ageing Better Conference
Keywords colouring, mood, wellbeing, cognition, arts and health, creative ageing, older adults
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Ageing Better Conference
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