Diane Tuckman photo
Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:27pm

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.”

Born in Egypt,...

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Choices photo
Friday, March 1, 2013 - 10:38am

Richard Caulfield Goodman, prolific American playwright, presents a new work that explores the challenges of aging and caregiving. “Choices” follows three older adults as they interact in an elder care home. Some have moved there by choice, while others did not imagine this would be in their future. The characters grow and learn from each other as the play progresses, which often leads them into disputes and deep conversation. The play also explores the relationship between one resident and...

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 12:08pm

Exploring depression with seniors through expressive arts making

The twelve-month, two-part program designed and delivered for residents in two long-term care homes in rural Ontario, Canada was funded by the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, part of the Bell Mental Health Initiative.
It was an emotional rollercoaster for me: the joy of sharing the creative process; the privilege of...
John Eaton Headshot
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 3:07pm

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. His specialty is performing classics from the Great American Songbook, which include timeless favorites from Irving Berlin and George Gershwin. This year he will celebrate his 25th...

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Arthur Berger Headshot
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 10:22am

Arthur Berger, a 92 year old WWII veteran and retired lawyer, has accomplished so much in the later parts of his life that it is almost as if he is aging backwards. He has authored several books, written and performed a play, and has become a respected leader within the community. When asked how he is able to maintain such a dynamic lifestyle, he describes his ability to train his mind to believe he is young again. “If you can create the mindset that you...

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Norman headshot
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11:00am

A Homebound Older Adult

From my armchair
in my sanctuary,
I wander, I roam.
My mind goes yonder,
far, far away from home.
The world opens wide.
As I continue to reflect,
thoughts I would never expect
appear and with them I connect.
Ahh, my mind is still there.
My mind is still aware.
This is one aspect of positive
creative aging.

—Norman Molesko, Northridge, CA
Pictured to the right...

Poem, Giving, Gift
Irene wedding
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 11:39am

This fall, Arts for the Aging (AFTA) presented a new programmatic series, The Rediscovery Project. Seniors at Downtown Clusters Geriatric Day Care Center in Washington, DC used art, music and dance to rediscover the Depression era. Lithographs and drawings created in the 1930's and 1940's by the late artist Benjamin Abramowitz provided an illustrated context.  Abramowitz’s daughter and AFTA Board Chair Susan Rosenbaum shared the history behind the art as well as the artist. AFTA Teaching...

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 10:43am

Now experiencing retirement, Joanne Taylor wonders how she ever had time for a full time job. Her community leadership roles, dedication to yoga, and international travel adventures now consume most of her days and continue to bring excitement and happiness into her life. She can speak for hours about her involvement in these various activities, and it is clear how important each one is to her overall lifestyle. “It’s the mental and physical stimulation that keeps me engaged and excited for...

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Gift to NCCA
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 12:53pm

“There is no denying the problems that accompany aging.
But what has been universally denied is the potential.
The ultimate expression of potential is creativity.”
— Dr. Gene Cohen


There is a new day on the holiday calendar – today, November 27, 2012, is Giving Tuesday!...

David Glover headshot
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 2:55pm

David Glover grew up singing gospel at his church in Philadelphia, and since then his talents have flourished into what he is known for best today: performing his self-written plays for audiences all across the country. His most recent play is titled “Old Happens,” and recounts the story of a man who is able to alter his whole perspective on the process of aging by examining the positive aspects of his life and health. The play seeks to encourage the audience to embrace the aging experience...