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.

Donna Moraff always wanted to be an artist, but like many baby boomers, her parents set h

Since she was a child, 94-year-old Daphne Odjig has been a talented artist.

A stark, emotional, and powerful message about creativity, the human body and the aging paradox took place with little need for an introduction or explanation. This event served to transport the audience to the very same page, and thus the keynote talk began.

PD Dance and the Tremble Clefs choral group continue to offer weekly opportunities for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners to enjoy invigorating, challenging arts endeavors in an atmosphere of support and cama

PD Dance and the Tremble Clefs choral group continue to offer weekly opportunities for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners to enjoy invigorating, challenging arts endeavors in an atmosphere of support and camara

It was fulfilling to see so many of those who share a dedication to creativity and aging together in one space.

This point continued to be made throughout the day: engage, direct and support the emerging artist and create joy in the moment.

As part of the "National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military,” Americans for the Arts invited musicians to play songs at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for music therapy.
This year, residents at Oakwood Common in Michigan will have the opportunity to attend five performances by Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians.
Every May since 1963 has been celebrated as “Older Americans Month,” to honor all that older adults do for our communities. This year’s theme focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.
Even if an older adult doesn’t feel old, they still have the right to focus on their health and celebrate their past accomplishments during Older Americans Month. A study found that, after 50, most people feel 10 years younger than they are.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin is seen as a leader in integrating creativity into adult care, due to a major initiative known as the Creative Trust. One of the programs utilized is TimeSlips, a program for engaging adults with memory loss in creative storytelling.
86-year-old Murray Stein is a Texan artist who devotes himself to intricate woodworking and has produced everything from his dining room set to a French horn made o
Lucy Rose Fischer is a former researcher with a career in gerontology that spanned 25 years.

Nintendo is based out of Japan where, as of 2005, one-fifth of the population is over the age of 65.

Dianne Shannon, an art therapist in Arizona, spends her time working with people with dementia.
The Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University has developed an intergenerational art program for people with dementia in nine locations throughout southwestern

For the past 13 years LifeSpan’s Hillsdale Senior Resource

The First Ward Senior Center in Binghamton, New York, offer

Though some artists may claim their creativity disappeared later in life, trying new things and adapting one’s art form may lead to new found creativity.

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