Aging Gracefully with the Creative Arts

The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation in Detroit has developed programs like the Hannan Majestic Poets, the Detroit Writers Journal and oral history projects to engage the local older adults.  Citing the Dr. Gene Cohen study on creative aging, the foundation uses art classes and the like to engage the older adults and keep them healthier both physically and mentally.  According to Community Development Coordinator Rachel Jacobsen, the story telling programs are important “especially in a city like Detroit that's so rich in history. And oftentimes the histories of minority communities aren't written down so much as passed down orally."
Michigan Radio, October 31, 2011

Written By: Christina Shockley

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