Policy ImpactThis research project demonstrates an initial approach to make an informed assessment of a novel training program (i.e. Playback Theatre) for community adoption.IntroductionScientific efforts have been directed at evidence‐based approaches to mitigate cognitive decline and promote wellness in older people. One of the emerging areas is participatory arts and of particular interest is Playback Theatre. In the present context, Playback Theatre is designed for older adults as an interactive, improvisational theatrical form that can also incorporate intergenerational participation. Integral to the teaching of these Playback Theatre forms are the notions of constructive play, ensemble team building and reflexivity. As part of their Playback Theatre learning, older adults are expected to contribute their personal true‐life stories, participate as actors and witness the activities performed.Previous research has reported the beneficial effects of participatory arts on health and mental well‐being, suggesting that Playback Theatre might hold similar potential as a stimulating and engaging form of activity . Unlike conventional theatrical training, there is a lack of direct research on the effects of Playback Theatre on cognitive functioning and well‐being.In a previous single‐group study, older participants showed improvement in memory after four weeks of professional acting lessons (11 sessions) . In a
Australasian Journal on Ageing – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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