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The population of the United States is aging. Caring for older adults requires a variety of approaches and collaboration among professionals. One approach, cultural engagement, involves experiences rooted in cultural activities, such as choir singing, group music, art- and craft-making, drama involvement, etc. Cultural engagement provides opportunities to address aging-associated issues that will not interfere with medication or other treatments. The concept of cultural engagement has been successfully applied to a number of fields including chronic disease management, addictive behaviors, and pain control.
Roberts, Penny, "Interdisciplinary Aspects of Cultural Engagement in Older Adults: Who/What/Why/When/How" (2019). Crossroads of Music and Wellness. 3.