Baycrest and The Royal Conservatory of Music

Research study: Exploring the experience of artful engagement with older adults

Baycrest has embarked on an innovative study in partnership with the Royal Conservatory. With generous funding from the Trillium Foundation, this collaborative initiative will be exploring the impact of involvement in the professional arts for groups of older adults.

Using a mixed-method design, this study will gather both qualitative and quantitative data to help us understand how the professional arts affects health and wellbeing including particular domains of cognition and social engagement.

Read more about this study and how Baycrest and RCM are taking a scientific look at how creativity supports healthy aging.

Research Team

  • Melissa Tafler MSW RSW – Principle Investigator
  • Dr. Nicole Anderson – KLARU
  • Dr. Takako Fujioka – Rotman Research Institute
  • Dr. Pia Kontos – Toronto Rehabiliation Institute
  • Dr. Ann Patteson – Royal Conservatory

For more information please contact:
Melissa Tafler, Clinical Research Coordinator, Baycrest, 416-785-2500 x2578, or
Dr. Ann Patteson, Director of Research, The Royal Conservatory at

Read our final research summary report

Click on a photo from our research study

Royal Conservatory of Music

Thanks to a grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation