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.

Phyllis Sues believes she owes her “healthy body and mind” to her ability to learn something new every day

ST-AGE-ING MATTERS is a group of retired older adults in British Columbia who have only recently begun learning about acting and improvisational theatre.

The Mesa Arts Center in Arizona recently launched a Creative Aging program to engage seniors in the arts through both visual expression and physical movement.

A highly engaged group of library accessibility experts, senior adult community directors, and arts and aging advocates met on February 22, 2013 at the Mansion at the Strathmore Music Center to learn about innovative programs that are reaching older adults and increasing their access to the arts

After falling in love with silk painting, Diane Tuckman was shocked to learn that it was practically unknown in the United States. She found it to be such a unique and rewarding activity that she immediately wanted to introduce it in America. Soon enough, Diane’s efforts transformed into a profession of teaching, speaking, and running an international business to promote this fascinating art form that is now officially known as “the fine art of painting on silk.”

After falling in love with silk painting, Diane Tuckman was shocked to learn that it was practically unknown in the United States. She found it to be such a unique and rewarding activity that she immediately wanted to introduce it in America.

Born in France, Roger Dagorn is a famed wine expert and one of the oldest working sommeliers in New York.

Susan Stamberg started her career at NPR in 1972 when she was the only female nightly news anchor on national television and radio.

68-year-old Andrea Peterson was a professional ballerina, model, and aviator before becoming a certified firefighter earlier this year in Hartford, Vermont.

More and more studies are proving the positive impact of choral singing on physical and mental health.

Discovering his talents at an early age, John Eaton has been a pianist for over 70 years.

Discovering his talents at an early age, John Eaton has been a pianist for over 70 years. His renowned performances have provided entertainment to the Reagan White House, Supreme Court, Smithsonian Institution, and other notable audiences.

Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest choral program in the country for adults 55+, will partner with The Dance Exchange, based near Washington, DC, and the Stagebridge Theatre of Oakland, CA to offer three concurrent perf

The Sixth Annual Encore Summer Choral Institute offers the opportunity to attend the only “arts sleep away camp” for adults, age 55+ on the beautiful campus of St. Mary’s College of MD in Historic St.

In 2004, the University Circle Interactive Cleveland (UCIC) created the Senior Connections program, the newest lifelong learning initiative from the University Circle, Inc., education program.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to the big screen at age 65.

Dustin Hoffman has directed his first film at age 75.

In Northern California, Rodney McCoubrey will lead a program aimed at teaching seniors and middle school s

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