The first national longitudinal study is a milestone for quality of later life.
Since the mid 1970s, we have witnessed two major sea changes in how we think about and understand aging (Cohen, 2005) both of which have had a significant impact on research in aging and the relationship between the arts and health and illness in later life.
CHANGING VIEWS ABOUT AGING
Up until the last quarter of the twentieth century, aging was largely equated with a scries of decremental changes with the passage of time. Significant decline with advancing years was seen as inevitable-our destiny. Dementing disorders were collectively senility, a term that connoted the natural course …