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[Perspectives] Late-life creativity

Major art museums around the world have woken up to the artistic bounty of the longevity dividend, hosting exhibitions of late Rembrandt, Sonia Delaunay, and Edvard Munch. It is increasingly clear that this artistry arises not despite old age, but because of it. This insight is of great importance to clinicians and society alike. By reframing old age in terms of potential rather than problems, it counters those who portray ageing in terms of unmanageable deficit and loss. Creativity also illuminates the complex interplay of growth, loss, and transcendence in later life.

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