The National Endowment for the Arts published a report last week that showed a correlation between attending arts events and having increased physical, mental, and cardiovascular health. In addition, researchers observed that simply appreciating or valuing the arts, without attending events, similarly coincided with better overall health and a decrease in age related decline.
More research needs to be done to prove a causal relationship between art and better health (maybe people who are not well just have other things on their minds), but while waiting to find out, why take a chance? Give your grandparents an artistic peace pole. It may enable them to be around long enough to learn the results of the search for causality.
If it turns out that appreciating art does cause age related decline to decrease, does that mean doctors could prescribe artistic peace poles as preventive measures?
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