Creativity and Healthy Ageing: Future Research Directions

Inkeri Aula*, Masood Masoodian

*Corresponding author for this work

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2 Citations (Scopus)


The fact that the world population is ageing brings about societal challenges, but at the same time creates new opportunities for more creative and meaningful lives at older age. In this article, we investigate existing gaps in several fields of research that aim to better understand the role of creativity in later life and its effects on healthy ageing. We present an overview of the diverse definitions of creativity and culture, review current approaches to wellbeing, and summarise findings from research on the effects of creative activities on wellbeing and healthy ageing. In addition, we discuss recent research on the impact of environmental contexts and relations on creative wellbeing. Through identifying the definitions and scope of research on creativity and wellbeing in the lives of older adults, we aim to provide promising future research directions. Our review shows that current research on the impact of artistic and creative activities on wellbeing in later life generally does not consider older adults’ own subjective and relational experiences, and too often ignores elements of the complex environmental conditions in healthy ageing. Therefore, we conclude that there is a sustained need for holistic and relational approaches that address the entanglement of social and natural environments with healthy ageing and creative wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Population Ageing
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Oct 2023
MoE publication typeA2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review


  • creativity
  • healthy ageing
  • creative wellbeing
  • environmental relations
  • older adults


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