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.

A local nonprofit has launched a program to use music as a tool for curing and preventing signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

National Fall Prevention Awareness day is celebrated each year on the first day of fall. The day was established to spread awareness about the increased risk of falls among older adults as they age.

This week we're hitting the trail across the country to attend a series of conferences and exhibitions on a variety of topics including aging, health, the arts, education, grantmaking, and more.  On our first stop we'll be at the AARP Life@50 conference in New Orleans, LA September 21-22.

The residents of Ebenezer Ridges Care Center spent two days at Camp Friendship in Annandale, Minnesota. Staff planned the trip when many residents began reminiscing about spending summers on Clearwater Lake.

We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project we will be hosting a day of activities at the U.S. Capitol focused on bringing attention to the expanding opportunities the arts bring to people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

The third annual dementia conference will take place at Riderwood from 7:30AM to 4PM. Each speaker has an immense background in dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, caregiving, how to deal with stress, research and policy.  Each shares a

Father daughter team Charlie Ferrell and Katie Norris spend their free time making life better for people with Alzhimer’s and their caregivers.  At Westlake Village, a senior living community, Ferrell, a retired vascular surgeon and Norris, a minister, work with a group of adults with dementia u

The Sidney De Haan Research Center for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University has conducted a randomized controlled trial on the health benefits of community singing on older adults.  “Our research has not only commented previous studies that pointed to an increase in health be

As you’ve probably heard, baby boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day.  Health and sports clubs are seeing more and more seniors joining in on classes and activities every day.  92-year-old Ralph Winn said, “I just think that there are three things in life that are important for anyb

The annual 100@100 survey interviews 100 centenarians to learn how they have reached their centennial years.  This year, a group of 50-year-olds were also interviewed to provide insight into the future centennials and what their lives might look like.  Eighty percent of 100-year-olds surveyed sa

Drs. Erol Can and Bingur Sonmezs are working together to practice Makam therapy, an ancient form of Turkish music therapy.  Specific music, or Makams, are played at specific times during the day for a specialized purpose.  Dr.

This week-long training will focus on the role of the arts in creative aging and, providing both a theoretical and didactic approach to implementing and sustaining high quality arts programming in a variety of settings serving older adults, from senior centers to long term residential settings f

Free performance for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and the general public. New Mexico poet Stuart Hall reads work documenting his experience in living with dementia.

Join us for a day of activities at the U.S. Capitol focused on bringing attention to the expanding opportunities the arts bring to people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and science.”  (Albert Einstein)

The Olympics isn't only for 20-somethings. There have been some great articles circulating the web showcasing older adults as competing Olympian athletes, and even a few highlighting a time where artists were Olympians too.  

Carol Hammal is the only licensed art psychotherapist in Egypt, where therapy is still taboo. With the revolution and ensuing political trauma over the past year, Egyptians experience a very personal and constant level of violence, grief, loss, chaos and pain.

Living to 102 is a feat within itself. However, being 102 and still going to the gym for two hours a day is amazing. Frank Ventre is an inspiration and truly shows how exercise and good health can lead to a longer and healthier life.