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Long-term care, creative programming, mentl health


This qualitative research project examines the relationship between creative programming and mental and emotional outcomes in order to substantiate the hypothesis that there are benefits to creative programming in Long Term care and community centres on social and emotional levels when implemented on older adults in Ontario. Thirteen participants who worked with older adults in various long-term care and community settings were recruited to participate in an online survey. Participants shared that the value in creative programming in terms of positive socialization processes; and displays of positive mental health in older adults participating in creative programming. The unique contribution of this research is in providing specific observations about the positive impacts that creative programming can have on the mental and emotional states of older adults. The methods used to assess this inquiry was the implementation of a 10-question anonymous survey that assessed the implications towards benefits in regards to creative programming, in the domains of socialization and mental health. The findings exemplify the importance of implementing creative programming in Long Term Care and Community outreach settings so that the benefits of positive socialization and mental health benefits can be substantiated in a way that impacts older adults living in Ontario in a transformative and impactful manner.


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)


Bachelor of Social and Community Development

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Baigrie, J. (2024). Exploring the relationship between creative programming and mental/emotional outcomes for older adults in Ontario [Unpublished poster]. Sheridan College.


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