This research project is approved and funded under the ‘Healthy Seniors Pilot Project’ by GNB and supported by the Mayors of Saint John, Rothesay and Grand Bay-Westfield. It has been reviewed and approved by the University of New Brunswick Research Ethics Board. (REB File #039-2019).
The Project is an Arts-based Health Research Project which applies scientific method to obtain a better understanding of the effect of creative activities on the health and well-being of older adults and their communities.
Basic eligibility for participation
Researchers will screen participants and select those who will get a score between 0-5 on the Frailty Index and reflect demographics in general population (Gender, racial and ethnic minorities, etc.) Selected candidates will be divided two groups: the intervention group and control group. The intervention-group participants will all be involved in a variety of art programs that will be conducted by professional artists and that meet for 2 hours weekly for a period of 12 months. The control group will not participate in these activities.
We will use a Mixed-method approach using both, quantitative and qualitative methods. It will include a collection of both quantitative (e.g. questionnaires) and qualitative data (e.g. interviews, focus groups) to make observations, to discover cause-and-effect relationships by asking questions and carefully gathering and examining evidence.
A variety of activities will be offered:
All activities are free for seniors participating in research project
All activities will be facilitated by local artists. Some of them are:
2-hour weekly sessions will be offered