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.

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.
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.
Filmmakers Jonathan Rufo and Keith Ochwat are promoting their newest documentary “Age of Champions,” about the magnificent athletes who compete in the National Senior Olympics.
Alzheimer’s Centers and other caregiving facilities are looking towards art programs as a new treatment for their patients.
In Germany, older adults between 65 and 85 feel an average ten years younger as a result of maintaining social and active lifestyles. Studies show people in this age bracket are generally much happier and healthier than the same age bracket was twenty years ago.

Now experiencing retirement, Joanne Taylor wonders how she ever had time for a full time job. Her community leadership roles, dedication to yoga, and international travel adventures now consume most of her days and continue to bring excitement and happiness into her life.

Symptoms of dementia affect more and more seniors each day, but may not necessarily inhibit their engagement in the creative arts. Sherry S. is a skilled writer who continues to write stories despite the changes dementia has brought to her health.

Kendal Northern Ohio, a branch of The Kendal Corporation, recently released a free exercise guide for older adults interested in becoming active again.

Summer camps for older adults are becoming more popular as the aging population explores more ways to engage socially and spiritually with others.

The Washington University of St. Louis conducted a study to explore the effects of diet and exercise on the aging population.

In Buffalo, more seniors are experimenting with different sports and exercise programs at local community centers. The city has sponsored several initiatives to promote greater physical activity among the older population, including a free fitness program called Club 99.

David Glover grew up singing gospel at his church in Philadelphia, and since then his talents have flourished into what he is known for best today: performing his self-written plays for audiences all across the country.

David Glover grew up singing gospel at his church in Philadelphia, and since then his talents have flourished into what he is known for best today: performing his self-written plays for audiences all across the country.

I'd like to share my experience dancing at the Dance Generators workshop on Saturday, October 6th.

Research continues to support the theory that creative thinking keeps the brain healthy, according to studies conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center. The study associated creativity with openness, which is one of the five major personality traits.

Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart discovered the true power of music when one of his drum rhythms prompted his grandmother to speak for the first time in a whole year.

A survey by USA Today, United Healthcare, and the National Council on Aging found that older people today are finding it easier to manage stress levels and handle health conditions on their own.

A study by the London’s College University found that seniors can enjoy the same benefits of rigorous exercise when performing regular leisure-time activities. These activities can include biking, gardening, walking, or doing housework or home maintenance.

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