Can choral singing really help people age well? Maintain their health and their crucial social connections? Perhaps find their way through grief and loss?

That’s a tall order, but the new film “Unfinished Song” quietly makes those claims. Opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, and then around the country, it struck me as predictably plotted but with several elements to recommend it:

a) Terence Stamp
b) Vanessa Redgrave
c) Ms. Redgrave, now 75, movingly singing Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”
d) An energetic choir of other older singers, mostly recruited from actual community choruses in England.

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NEA Interagency Task Force hosts public webinar about research on the arts and aging

Guests and speakers:
Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar
Marie Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
Lisbeth Nielsen, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute on Aging
Marla Bush, International Coordinator, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Julene Johnson, Institute for Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco