Lifelong Learning

As life expectancy increases, more attention is being given to the meaning and purpose of later life. The NCCA aims to meet the developmental needs of older people through creative engagement, sense memory and self-expression. In this section you will find more information about Lifelong Learning programming, news, research, stories and more.

At 99-years-old Ida Arbeit it preparing for her next performance onstage with the intergenerational Kairos Dance Theater for “Dancing With Ida,” a show based on her New York dancing experiences.  Arbeit was a professional dancer for 12 years with Helen Tamiris, one of the pioneers of modern danc

On June 12, 2009 at the Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Sheryl Bannes is an Artists in Residence in Central Montana working through the Artists in Communities and Schools Program.  She teaches writing classes to older adults, stressing the importance of creativity and social activities as essential to people later in life.  Tianta Nelson, Life Engage

Create and Celebrate Elder Arts, a month-long event sponsored by the Center for Creative Aging-North Carolina, is featuring theatrical performances, live readings and public storytelling, and art exhibits focusing on senior artists.  Leigh Rosenbough, a former lawyer, has rediscovered his childh

Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot, a noted sociologist and author of “The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50,” described the importance of lifelong learning and intergenerational work.  Her interest in exploring the “Third Chapter” of people’s lives began when she spoke

With the economy in a tailspin, financial worries all around us , how can we continue to give in the same way as we have in the past? With creative approaches, gift giving can still feel wonderful and generous. There are many ways to give joy and kindness to others without feeling impoverished.

Soon after returning from a trip to see her first grandchild, Laniere Gresham started writing poetry. It just happened. And it gave her pleasure and pride.

"Music Instructor Michelle Barnard is teaching her students how to play the organ one note at a time.  The therapy helps seniors to develop their hand-eye coordination as they look at a note and place their hand on the key that plays that note.  81-year-old, Linda Empty said, “This training of

“A new program at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home is helping many seniors learn to use computers for the first time. Grace Pugliese, 82, is blind and has been using a sound recognition game as part of her daily therapy to strengthen her mind.

“A Mayo Clinic researcher found that a computer program can significantly help older adults improve their memory and thinking skills. Neuropsychologist Glenn Smith led the study which was funded by Posit Science, the company that developed the computer program.

Art therapist Jeri Corbin, 74, teaches three times a week at Covenant at South Hills Retirement Community, encouraging residents to learn art techniques and hopes they also experience pleasure and enjoyment from the classes.  At the age of 50 Corbin decided to pursue art therapy as a career and