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.
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