The stars are aligned for arts and aging programs to be part of the process and part of the solution. Our understanding of aging shapes today’s arts and aging field. Evolving conditions for older adults in our society—including new knowledge about the aging process, demographic shifts, and increasing enthusiasm for the concept of productive aging—offer significant potential to advance the arts and aging field. Organizations that provide participatory arts programs for older adults will discover
more demand for intellectually challenging lifelong learning programs;
increased competition from the other activities that fill busy adults’ lives;
stronger interest in arts programs that bridge cultural and
communication differences; and
greater focus on tailoring activities and instructional design to the interests and capabilities of participants.