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.

The Senior Pops Orchestra out of Long Island is comprised of a wide range of ages, from 20-somethings to octogenarians, and are able to connect through the commonality of the Orchestra.

Ruza Jarnevic, native of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has a thing about keeping her family’s feet warm — and that isn’t about to change just because she’s getting on in years. Jarnevic turns 100 today and, besides her remarkable age and health, her chief claim to fame is her knitting.

Writer Max Perry suggests that forgetting something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a precursor to dementia. “The fact that you can't retrieve the name of that Indian restaurant where you ate last week... doesn't mean that Alzheimer's is imminent,” Perry said.

More than 70 new Senior Theatre plays have been published, expanding the number of works available for older performers. The shows were chosen from hundreds of submissions for ArtAge’s newly released 2014 Senior Theatre Resource Center catalog.

Pacifica Senior Living in Northridge has been participating in the Music and Memory Program, in which residents who have dementia listen to music, chosen by family members, at least once a day.

The Leadership Winter Park program - a community awareness project for business leaders - created Leadership Legends, a program geared towards older adults that gives the participants a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the community.

In an opinion piece written by Heather Campbell, the overreliance of antipsychotic drugs can have a physically and mentally crippling effect on older adults. Too many people have watched their aging parents live their final years in a chemical straightjacket.

CEO Mark D. Weiner reflects on his involvement with the Council for Jewish Elderly (CJE) and is now in his 10th year as CEO and President of the organization. Throughout his years working with Jewish older adults Mr. Weiner has incorporated many art activities into the programs run by CJE.

Dr. Daniel Potts noticed the connecting ability that fine arts have on older adults who have Alzheimer’s with their families and communities while being the primary caretaker for his father, Lester Potts.

At the Queen of Angels Academy, an all-girls school in Dorval, Quebec, Canada, 16 students received valuable life lessons from outside the classroom. The girls were paired up with local older adults and spent multiple two-hour sessions delving into the details of their lives.

Research has shown that pursuing the fine arts later in life is known to help stimulate the aging brain.

At the Westmeath Residential and Nursing Care Home in Ireland, many older adults have found a new way to enjoy themselves. Some of the participants have Alzheimer’s and dementia and were presumed to be “too far gone” to be able to participate in art, yet are finding joy within the arts.

The River Red Senior Community, in conjunction with United Active Living, have converted a former recreation room into a permanent art room in order to create more artistic opportunities for their residents. The purpose is to bring out the residents’ creativity as they continue to age.

Retirees in China are attending “schools for the aged” in order to keep their minds sharp and active after leaving the workforce.

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is hosting a lecture by Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Daniel C. Potts, both of whom are conducting research into the effects of art on an aging mind. Dr.

Ryuta Kawashima, a Japanese neuroscientist, developed a brain puzzle software for Nintendo that has been sold for over $30 million dollars. He has poured all of his profits into developing this new software;geared towards older adults.

The Online NCCA EngAGE State Arts Agency Field Guide is scheduled to launch 1 May 2017! Stay tuned for Deatils!


ABOUT THE EngAGE Communities of Practice Initiative and Field Guide

The Listening Project: Brooklyn began a few years ago when one woman decided to venture into a senior center, sit down and just listen.

I will create a dance company for older adults to show the world what dance really looks like, from the fullness of a long life

Even if you weren’t anywhere near Washington, DC this morning, I think you may have heard us cheer when Katie sent out the press release officially announcing the NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging. We are finally launched!!