Friday, November 9, 2012 - 2:31pm

I'd like to share my experience dancing at the Dance Generators workshop on Saturday, October 6th.

We met in the Ruth's Table gallery space – young, old, disabled, novice dancers, professional dancers – all of us getting to know one another through the power of art and through the medium of dance.


1. The Instructor

First, about our instructor, Natalie Greene, dancer, choreographer, Director of Dance Generators Program, an inter-...

Gene Cohen umbrella
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 2:19pm

Three years ago today we lost a pioneer in the field of creative aging, Dr. Gene D. Cohen. "What has been universally denied is the potential," said Dr. Cohen.  "The ultimate expression of potential is creativity."  Dr. Cohen has inspired us to approach longevity asking what wonders can be achieved, not in spite of age, but because of age.  We are in debited to him for wonderful work he left us, and strive to honor him through our continued efforts to enhance and build the field of creative...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 8:37pm


If you missed two-part series “Arts & The Brain” that aired recently on many PBS stations you can watch online. I want to take a moment to commend the program’s sponsor, The MetLife Foundation, which continues to play a pivotal role in supporting research on brain health and the arts. Also be sure to look for NCCA Board Member, Maria Genne and her Kairos Dance troupe and Dancing Heart program during the second...

Brain, Media
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:47am

Hugh Aaron resides in a community that thrives from the creativity of its engaging older population. On the Atlantic shores of Cushing, Maine, not far from Portland and directly on the mid-coast of the state, is a community where many accomplished artists have settled to further explore their talents throughout their retired years. Hugh has found the community to be ideal for showcasing his plays and stories. “Here in Cushing we have a few retired actors as well as a previous film director...

Gay Hanna
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 6:27pm

This week we're hitting the trail across the country to attend a series of conferences and exhibitions on a variety of topics including aging, health, the arts, education, grantmaking, and more.  On our first stop we'll be at the AARP Life@50 conference in New Orleans, LA September 21-22.  Gay Hanna, our Executive Director, will be writing weekly updates about her travels, and how the arts and...

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 12:19pm

We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project we will be hosting a day of activities at the U.S. Capitol focused on bringing attention to the expanding opportunities the arts bring to people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Join us on Capitol Hill to learn about research and practice from leaders in the field, followed by an evening reception including a live performance and video screenings at IONA Senior Services in Washington, DC in support of...

Event, Dementia, Policy
Tom and his brother
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 9:00am

“The most beautiful experience we can have is mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and science.”  (Albert Einstein)

I spent the last several weeks in my hometown, Peterborough, Ontario, where beautiful experiences occurred which Einstein might describe as mysterious.  I was visiting my brother, John, who lives in the heart of darkness called Alzheimer’s. We met often and regularly and naturally, given the affliction of Alzheimer’s...

Alzheimers, Music
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 9:43am

As kids across the country are letting out groans and sighs as the school year approaches, adults are gearing up (hopefully a little more excitedly) to go back to school as well.  There are 117 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLIs) around the country that offer a multitude of learning opportunities often housed within a local university.  Here in Washington, DC out of American University, OLLI...

School, Lifelong Learning, Education
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 12:36pm

The Olympics isn't only for 20-somethings. There have been some great articles circulating the web showcasing older adults as competing Olympian athletes, and even a few highlighting a time where artists were Olympians too.  

When the Olympics Gave Out Medals for Art
For the first 40 years of the...

Olympics, healthy aging
Man with brushes
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 2:55pm

It’s wonderful to see the narrative in the media slowly shifting from talking about aging as a problematic time to one full of potential, promise and growth.  Even large media outlets are beginning to take notice.  Just yesterday CNN posted a great article The Aging Brain: Why Getting Older Just Might be Awesome,...

Media, Articles