Our pilot project worked in partnership with Age UK and research staff from Leeds Beckett University. The project aimed to collect and analyse evidence of the impact that participatory arts activities had on the well being of a group of older adults who attended a weekly session at Kirk House day care centre in Northallerton. By using electro-dermal activity tracking wristbands we were able to measure participants’ responses to arts based activities delivered over a 6-month period.
The wristbands were worn by 5 people chosen randomly from a group of 30 and directly measured emotional responses, which were interpreted via observation and post-activity discussion. The results helped to identify and guide development of arts activities which provide the greatest benefit, and enhance the social well being of older adults, creating a valuable community resource.