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Care of the older person
The art of staying away from the ageing process
  1. Kieran Shukla
  1. Independent, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Kieran Shukla, Independent, Sheffield S65 1DH, UK; Kieranshukla{at}

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Commentary on: Masika GM, Yu DSF, Li PWC. Visual art therapy as a treatment option for cognitive decline among older adults. A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Adv Nurs 2020;1–19. doi:10.1111/jan.14362.

Implications for practice and research

  • There is a recognised need for services to offer Visual Art Therapy as it may be an effective psychosocial treatment option for those who are experiencing difficulties in cognition.

  • Future research could explore the applications of Visual Art Therapy in supporting older adults and those with cognitive decline experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Dementia is a neurological condition affecting 50 million individuals, with the WHO suggesting an increase of 152 million in the next few decades.1 There is a growing need to find preventive strategies, with recent studies indicating the benefits of Visual Art Therapy (VAT) …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.