Friday, November 7, 2014 - 12:04pm

Sky Above Clouds: Finding our Way through Creativity, Aging and Illness Time is a soon to be released book by Gene D. Cohen M.D., Ph.D. and Wendy Miller, Ph.D., ATR-BC, REAT, LPC. Through their scientific research and clinical practice, Gene Cohen and...

Rita Charon
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 4:49pm

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) will be presenting the 2014 Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging to this year’s winner, Rita Charon, MD, PhD, professor of clinical medicine and director of the M.S. in narrative medicine program at Columbia University. The award will be given at the GSA-NCCA Symposium, which will take place on November 6, 2014,...

Bruce Mondschain
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:40pm

Bruce Mondschain, 72, is all for experiencing “firsts” at any time in life. He picked up the cello at 45 and became an entrepreneur, starting his own health consulting firm after 35 years in the non-profit sector and five years in a corporation. But his proudest moments in artistic expression began even later.

Growing up in the Great Depression era, Bruce and his sister didn’t have money to attend formal classes in the arts. But the lack of formal training left their minds open: now...

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 12:02pm
In 2010, MetLife Foundation funded NCCA to provide grantmaker affinity groups working in the areas of arts and of aging with technical assistance and professional development on the opportunities and challenges of funding at the intersection of these two fields.  The project began with Grantmakers in the Arts and Grantmakers In Aging, and eventually expanded to encompass Grantmakers In...
Grantmakers, Funding
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:54am

WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2014. A new study by the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) shows that artists are highly functioning members of society who experience less loneliness and depression than the general population.

ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY: A Feasibility Study for a National Model of Health Promotion and Wellness Among...

RCAC, Research
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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 2:05pm

Get ready to support and advance your work in the field of creative aging at the second annual NCCA Creative Age: Creative Aging in America Annual Leadership Exchange and Professional Institute. Based on feedback from the 2014 Conference the 2015 event is designed to focus on The Practice, The Research, and The Business of Creative Aging.

Together we will gather in Washington DC from May 19-21, 2015 as professionals in arts, humanities, creativity, aging, health, research, policy,...

Lee Headshot
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:43am

84-year-old Lee Hunkins has been a talented, acclaimed, and highly engaged writer for her entire life, but she doesn’t believe you have to start young to realize your full creative potential. In fact, Lee credits her success with her lack of formal education in the field, freedom to be herself, and love of the people around her. “I come from a different perspective, and just write whatever I feel,” says the Harlem-born ...

Beautiful Minds, writing
Monday, August 4, 2014 - 2:53pm

Recipients of the 2014 NCCA-MetLife Foundation Technical Assistance Grants are working hard with their mentors on the creation (or expansion) of their arts and aging programs. Each organization was selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, and will receive grants in the amount of $5,000 each, as well as consulting services and on-site assistance from our Leadership Award Program Winners.

Three grantees have been selected, one for each of NCCA’s target areas. This year’s...

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 11:09am

Need more hard facts on how the arts improve the lives of older adults? Download our Creative Aging Fact Sheet to learn more about how creative activities improve the physical, mental, and social health of older adults. 


Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 3:54pm

The dates for next year’s The Creative Age: National Leadership Exchange and Conference on Creative Aging in America have officially been set! We invite you to Washington, DC to participate in a dynamic leadership exchange and training institute with your peers in healthcare, the arts, and aging from across the globe.

We’ve heavily reviewed the input from this year’s session, and are applying the lessons learned to make...