Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Art Workshops Help Seniors Improve Their Health, Montreal Study Finds

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Art Workshops Help Seniors Improve Their Health, Montreal Study Finds

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Study finds art can be good medicine

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MONTREAL - For some seniors, visiting the museum instead of the doctor's office could improve their health and quality of life, according to a study released Tuesday.

Research conducted at Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts by McGill University geriatric medicine experts found that participating in a group activity such as painting or drawing is beneficial on many levels.

The clinical study of 150 people aged 65 to 94 looked at people taking part in the museum's weekly art workshops, over a 10-month period.

People considered to be in "fragile" health showed a clear improvement after three months.

More than half of the subjects classified as "fragile" at the start of the study were rated "vigorous" at the end. …

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