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.

Beth McGuire believes that creative aging stems from passion. What are you most passionate about? Think back to the moments in your life when you were happiest. For Beth, it was learning, teaching, and working with older adults.

At the Aging in America conference earlier this month, one panel discussion, “Elder Rock n’ Roll Musicians Reflect on Aging,” showcased insights from musical legends like Ringo Star, Keith Richards, Phil Lesh, Joni Mitchell, and Grace Slick.

Today’s retirees are more active than previous generations, finding creative ways to spend their time and money.

There is a growing number of older adults who are taking up visual art for the first time later in life. With their wisdom and focus, these indivduals are particularly well suited to painting and sculpting. Additionally, the arts are good for seniors.

Ed Clark, 87, is a nationally acclaimed abstract expressionist painter in New York City. As he has aged, his creativity and career have continued, undiminished. Physical restrictions have changed the style of his strokes, from forceful to fluid, not limited them.

Next month, London, Canada will host Canada’s second ever creative aging festival. The festival, showcasing the talents of older adults, will include blogging how-tos, art exhibits, improv theater, drumming, and more.
The Londoner, April 7, 2014

Business creation by older Americans grew more than 60 percent between 1996 and 2012. Technology has lowered the barrier to entry for many, but older adults have unique advantages over younger people: money and contacts.
NPR, April 3, 2014

ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY work is archived at Columbia Libraries/Information Services' Center for Digital Research and Scholarship

A note from our executive director, Gay Hanna

Peter Lagomarsino is a working sculptor, potter, and clay builder who has been refining his art and technique for 25 years. At a young age, he was introduced to visual art by his father and quickly fell in love with the outlet for expression.

Peter returns to his life long love - art. And teaches it to seniors in his community too.

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!

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

A free workshop for anyone involved with aging, health, social work, the arts, education, and community building who wants to expand activities and intergenerational programs that foster artistic expression in older adults.

A free workshop for anyone involved with aging, health, social work, the arts, education, and community building who wants to expand activities and intergenerational programs that foster artistic expression in older adults.

This fun, free, high-energy workshop is packed-full of simple techniques to perform and create poems with people living dementia and to help develop high-quality arts programs.

Join the Creative Aging Network in a workshop day on TimeSlips or ARTmail training.

The Encore Chorales of Myerberg, Greater Reading and Anne Arundel Community College will perform a free community concert featuring holiday favorites, and a few surprises, at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. Guest artist will be Edwin Thayer, French Horn.

This chapter in the Goddard House Dinner Lecture Series features ARTZ founders John Ziesel, Ph.D., and Sean Caulfield, Ed.M.

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