While outcome goals are focused on older adults, concentric circles of influence spread out from the participants to affect family members, professional caregivers, staff, and members of the public:
Family members are amazed at the abilities of older adults and how much can be communicated through the arts.
Family members seeing older relatives perform are also often inspired to do something they have not done before, such as attending more arts performances or taking up an artistic discipline of their own.
Creative arts programs create a bond between older adults and caregivers in long-term care facilities. Staff may then see their jobs as a mission to take care of people, not just as employment.
The quality of arts activities initiated by activities directors or other staff at residential facilities may improve as a result of the programs conducted by professional teaching artists.
Artists bring the inspiration that other workers can use in their daily work with residents.
Live performing arts events speak directly to people. During this era of alienation, they provide direct connection for audience members and performers.
These are, of course, just a few of the ripple effects of arts and aging programs.