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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
Associate Professor in Psychology

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Gary Christopher
Occasional Associate Lecturer - CHSS - AHP

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Dr Stuart McClean
Associate Professor Public Health (Health & Wellbeing)


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Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Ageing Better Conference
Start Date Jul 2, 2019
End Date Jul 2, 2019
Acceptance Date Jul 2, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords colouring, mood, wellbeing, cognition, arts and health, creative ageing, older adults
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Ageing Better Conference