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Arts programs are essential in a community to help older adults get involved and remain an important part of their communities. Community based arts programming helps older people as the keepers of culture remain dynamic members of society and provides younger generations with positive role models encouraging a strong sense of meaning and purpose in healthy living in vital communities. In this section you will find all the information on our website including news, events, stories, research and more pertaining to community arts programming.

New Zealanders ranging from ages 66 to 96 have formed “The Hip Op-eration Crew” and become the world’s oldest flash mob.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) has expanded to Humboldt State University in California, where more seniors are returning to school for both educational and recreational courses.

In Northern California, Rodney McCoubrey will lead a program aimed at teaching seniors and middle school s

Honored as one of the top five Best Intergenerational Communities in America, San Diego County boasts several programs for older adults to stay active in the community and connected with the area’s youth.
The Phillips Collection and Iona’s Wellness and Arts Center have created a program for older adults that combines museum education and art therapy. The program uses art to stimulate creativity and spark discussions about the pieces.
Alzheimer’s Centers and other caregiving facilities are looking towards art programs as a new treatment for their patients.
A dance instructor since 1948, Therrell Smith has dedicated her life to introducing as many people as possible to the amazing world of dance. At 95-years-old, she volunteers at local schools and teaches classes at her studio in Northeast Washington.
The Encore Creativity for Older Adults program is inspiring seniors everywhere to stay active in the arts. In Berks County, Pennsylvania, Louise Greenberg has established the Greater Reading Encore Chorale (GREC) to begin in January 2013.
Vern Gillmore has been an active Red Cross volunteer for three years. When he heard about the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, he knew he wanted to help.

The baby boomer generation is entering retirement age, but studies show that these seniors are not yet ready to move into any kind of old age home.

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