Peter Headshot
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:28am

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. But Pete set aside his dream of making a living from art, as he says, “ to face reality” and find a secure job to raise a family. Now that his youngest child is 15-years-old, Pete is finding more time to live that dream as a full-time artist and...

Beautiful Minds
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 3:11pm

Based on: The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty
by Francine Toder, Ph.D. © 2013

As a graduate student studying the aging brain many decades ago, I learned enough neuroscience to fill scarcely more than a couple of handwritten notebook pages.  Common knowledge and scientific acumen in those years designated age thirty as the starting point for the brain’s decline, a slippery slope in a fixed system, passively sloughing...

Creative Aging
James Blake Headshot
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 11:48am

From the beautiful French Riviera to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, artist James Richard Blake has captured it all. At age 81, Blake has been painting and drawing for nearly six decades and perfecting his craft with every masterpiece. His oil landscapes contain such detail that every image has a personality, and truly brings the landscape to life.

Blake was born December 8, 1932 in Michigan and was plagued by childhood illnesses preventing him from enjoying the outdoors and games...

Beautiful Minds, Art, Painter
Sharyn Yoshida Headshot
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 11:47am

Becoming an entrepreneur is many people’s idea of the American Dream. Being an entrepreneur and an active advocate for civil rights is more than many do in a lifetime, yet Sharyn Yoshida has done that and more. She has done everything from serving as a private school multicultural studies teacher to a jeweler. She has owned a software company and is a member of the Kaiser Permanente Advisory Council. She is the definition of multi-faceted.

Her inspiration to help others and to...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 4:18pm

On September 26th the National Center for Creative Aging and the University of Central Florida College of Arts and Humanities held a symposium, Arts & Wellness: A Symposium on Memory Loss and Caregiving. Sponsored by the Pabst Foundation for the Arts, this symposium explored the role of arts in improving the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The event featured five nationally field-tested models including: Alzheimer’s...

Symposium, Arts, Caregiving, Health, Wellness
Brian and Sam
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 9:50am

Paint strokes, musical chords, comical phrases, and play lines. These are all things that can be learned in a classroom. Using those skills to create works of art is something that inherently lies within certain individuals. Brian Frazer and his 80 year-old father, Sam, are two of those people who just have that creative gift. Their connection through their artistic talents has brought them even closer than they were before.

Sam Frazer attended Pratt Institute on an art scholarship...

Family, Drawing, Beautiful Minds, Technology
Dempsy Headshot
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 12:32pm

The Listening Project: Brooklyn began a few years ago when one woman decided to venture into a senior center, sit down and just listen. She learned very quickly that many retirees have lived very intriguing and exciting lives, and have stories that are rarely told because no one has taken the time to listen.  Dempsey Rice saw...

Beautiful Minds
Greacian Goeke
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 3:13pm

Artistic Director, Impromptu No Tutu Elder Movement Ensemble, Oakland, CA

Back when I turned 50 I was struck with an inspiration that arrived as a fully formed thought in the middle of a movement class: “I will create a dance company for older...

Stagebridge class
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:55pm

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!!

At this point, the training feels a little like my “baby,” but it has been two years in the making by a whole team of people at NCCA and the...

Online Training
Diane Glass
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 9:28am

Diane Glass, at age 70, has successfully fought through many obstacles paving her way to living to 100, her ultimate goal. Her secret? A positive outlook and an I-can-do-anything mentality.

Going through one serious illness is enough to knock anyone out of the fight, but Diane has battled through severe asthma, a heart bypass, and then kidney disease. With a very rare blood type making it extremely hard to find a transplant match, the average wait time for a new kidney is seven years...

Beautiful Minds