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Research: Art Activities Preserve Health, Heritage for Ethnic Elders

“Ninety-five percent of older artists don’t archive their work,” said Joan Jeffri, who directs the Research Center for the Arts and Culture at the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C. She’s also the director of Art Cart, an intergenerational project that partners older artists with students who help them document and archive their lifelong art work.

To determine the health impact, Jeffri conducted research study through Columbia University, where she taught for 22 years. She presented her preliminary data at the 66th Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting held in New Orleans in November.

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