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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}gmail.com

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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.

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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.

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