Gene Schklair at a ceramics class. Photo by EngAGE
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 11:17am

What good are the arts, anyway? 

I mean, in the grand scheme of things, the arts have to be considered a luxury, don’t they? We can’t reasonably be expected to put energy and resources into the arts until other, more basic needs are met, can we? Compared to eating, finding shelter and raising a family, for example, the arts play second fiddle. 

And yet, this second fiddle is played consistently on a daily basis by every culture in the...

Arts, Music, Brain
Judith-Kate with two participants at the songwriting workshop
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 11:58am

In March, 2013 I had the opportunity to work with Mather LifeWays in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois and Judith-Kate Friedman, Founder and Director of Songwriting Works. Mather LifeWays, who were winners of the...

Grant, Community, Songwriting
Photo by Phillip Weiss
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 1:01pm

On May 2, 2013, the Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-term Care (CLRI), in collaboration with Carleton Lodge, a City of Ottawa long-term care home, co-hosted an innovative photography exhibit called Welcome to our Home: Long-term care through the lens of the residents.

The event showcased photos taken by five Carleton Lodge residents...

Photography, Exhibit, Long Term Care
Dorothy May
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 4:52pm

Born in 1930, Dorothy May spent most of her adult life caring for her family in Chicago. When she was forty, she decided to return to school and pursue a degree in psychology. Just a few years later she was able to complete both a masters and doctorate and eventually start her own practice in psychotherapy. Since then, she has authored numerous books that have contributed to her role as an expert in the field.

Spiritual healing helped Dorothy through deaths of close family members,...

Beautiful Minds
Jean and Dick
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:42am

Married for 55 years, Jean and Dick Bedell have dedicated their lives to service projects all around the world. Dick, a pediatrician, and Jean, a nurse with a Masters degree in Gerontology, are the unstoppable “womb to tomb” duo. For the past thirty years, the pair has traveled annually to both Mexico and India to provide medical and faith-based support for residents in some of the most volatile areas. Their work in India includes focusing on helping people with HIV and AIDS as well as...

Beautiful Minds
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 1:41pm

With 10,000 boomers turning 65 every day, organizations across the country have developed engaging arts opportunities designed for older adults. From a senior artist colony in Burbank, CA with a built-in performance theater to a visual arts program for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers at the world-class Museum of Modern Art in New York City, programs from across the country are featured on a free online tool developed by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA)....

Eugene Dancing
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:52am

NCCA and DSM Nutritional Products, LLC are seeking adults 55 and over to be featured in a national photo essay exhibit showcasing women and men who are doing beautiful things with their minds without letting age be a barrier. The photo essay exhibit will travel to multiple cities as part of this educational campaign to inspire Americans to follow suite in maintaining their brain health.

Beautiful Minds candidates who are selected will...

Beautiful Minds
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 3:35pm

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am thrilled to share the good news that Dr. Gene Cohen's groundbreaking research on the impact of community based professionally lead arts programs on the health and well being of older adults is being replicated in part with an expanded sample size and a more rigorous methodology by Dr. Julene Johnson of UCSF.  Dr. Johnson is a professor, musician and clinical researcher who became a Fulbright scholar in order to study communities around the world that...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 2:20pm

The theme of this week’s Reminiscence group, held at AgeSong's Laguna Grove assisted living community, was fashion, a subject dear to my heart since I used to own a retail fashion business.  The group was facilitated by Vincent  Sienkiewicz and Randy Silva, two gero-wellness intern counselors, who made up in humor what they lacked in fashion knowledge.  “I’m a blue jeans type of guy,” admitted Randy. He continued, “Jeans came into fashion in 1873, and were especially designed for cowboys...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 2:17pm

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 in their community.  The half-day forum featured presentations by Maura O’Malley, President/Co-Founder of Lifetime Arts and winner of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA)–MetLife Foundation...