Health & Wellness

Health and wellness can be achieved in many ways, including using creativity to work the mind and body. Research has shown that mental activity stimulated by arts activities can be especially beneficial to people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Cases of cognitive disabilities increase with age, so as the population lives longer more people will be diagnosed. By bringing arts programs to people with cognitive disabilities, you can create more opportunities for people with cognitive loss and their caregivers. In this section you'll find information about Health and Wellness programming, research, events, news and more.

Arts Escape, a nonprofit arts enrichment center for seniors, is offering an event in Southbury Connecticut that will give older adults a creative outlet through literature, music, and visual arts.

Recently, students from High Point University in North Carolina visited local senior centers to work with residents: sharing, reciting, and writing poetry together.

More older adults are online today than ever before. More than just a source of fun and information, the Internet provides an opportunity for older adults to easily connect with people around the world.

Compassionate behaviors are associated with better health and well-being as we age, helping to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. Who is most likely to be compassionate? Women, those who have suffered a loss recently, and those with high mental resiliency.

Janet Brown, Teresa Bonner, and Margery Pabst discuss what arts funders are seeking in their strategic partnerships, how to develop strong partnerships with aging services through the development of high quality programming in the arts, and how to make your case to an arts foundation for a creat

Join us for The Creative Age National Conference May 19-21, 2015!

As a graduate student studying the aging brain many decades ago, I learned enough neuroscience to fill scarcely more than a couple of handwritten notebook pages.

Join us for a webinar series featuring grantmakers in arts, aging, and health

At the Fremont Family YMCA, three times a week, faithful dancers come to practice dance steps and to let the music lead them. The class, called “Forever Fit,” is designed to allow older adults to stretch their bodies beyond everyday movements and keep their energy fresh.

A study originating from the University of California in San Francisco is showing signs that video games can be a powerful exercise vehicle for the aging brain. The team said they recently found a custom-designed video game that can be used to assess cognitive abilities across a lifespan.

Join leaders from across the country for a five-day event that focuses on research, policy and practice related to promoting creative expression as vital to healthy and productive aging.

From the beautiful French Riviera to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, artist James Richard Blake has captured it all. At age 81, Blake has been painting and drawing for nearly six decades and perfecting his craft with every masterpiece.

Let's explore some questions facing the field of creative aging.

Learn about our Beautiful Minds campaign, featuring adults 55+ living inspiring second half of their lives!

Diane Glass, at age 70, has successfully fought through many obstacles paving her way to living to 100, her ultimate goal. Her secret? A positive outlook and an I-can-do-anything mentality.

Marty Aronson, of South Bend, North Dakota, has logged over 7,000 miles in her local YMCA pool. Any chance she had, especially after retirement, Marty always tried to get in at least a mile at the Y pool. “I think the main reason I lived so long is my swimming,” she said.

Pacifica Senior Living in Northridge has been participating in the Music and Memory Program, in which residents who have dementia listen to music, chosen by family members, at least once a day.

Older people are proving that you don’t have to be famous - or even a professional artist - to live a creatively fulfilling life at an older age.

Sound therapy has been in practice for more than 25 years and has been used since the 1940’s in nursing homes and elderly care facilities.

Research has shown that pursuing the fine arts later in life is known to help stimulate the aging brain.