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Spring 4-13-2020


The overall intent of this mixed methods study was to assess intergenerational socialization while measuring elders' health and well-being in association with depression, anxiety and mindfulness assessments while painting with watercolors. Undergraduate- researchers interviewed elders, administered quantitative assessments before and after painting together with watercolors. The qualitative results showed health and well-being through a primary theme of resilience and underlying themes of acceptance combined with secondary themes of family and friends, parenting (children), personal accomplishments, hobbies and home. Elders’ results showed positive changes in depression, anxiety and mindfulness, and undergraduate researchers were somewhat in awe of the richness of elders’ responses relating to resilience and acceptance.