Past Events

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory - Special Guest Dan Cohen

Join us on October 6, 2015 to learn more about the THE CREATIVE AGE: Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging and ways you can partcipate.

Learn about music and the mind from Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory and the main feature of Alive Inside, a documentary revealing the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

Registration information will be provided within the weeks ahead. 

Presenting Rita Charon, MD, PhD 2014 Gene Cohen Award Winner

As a gift for the New Year, join us as we present this webinar with Rita Charon MD, PhD, professor of clinical medicine and director of the M.S. in narrative medicine program at Columbia University. Learn more about Dr. Rita Charon and her innovative research in narrative medicine. Her research has been critical in shifting the standards of clinical practice toward person centered care through the humanities and arts. In November, Dr.

The Creative Center Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Creative Aging

This week-long training will focus on the role of the arts in creative aging and will provide both a theoretical and didactic approach to implementing and sustaining high quality arts programming in a variety of settings serving older adults – from senior centers to long-term residential settings for the frail elderly.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman, Dr. Jane Chu to visit NCCA at IONA

Dr. Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts will be visiting NCCA at IONA Senior Services to discuss NCCA's local programming. 


Parkinson’s Dance and Tremble Clefs Choral Group

PD Dance and the Tremble Clefs choral group continue to offer weekly opportunities for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners to enjoy invigorating, challenging arts endeavors in an atmosphere of support and camaraderie.  Summer schedules vary; fall session starts early September. PD Dance: most Wednesdays, 10:30 – 12:30.  Tremble Clefs: most Mondays, 10:30 – 12:00 Contact Nancy Mazonson at 781-693-5069 or 

JF&CS Memory Cafe

The JF&CS Memory Café is a welcoming and creative place for individuals and families living with memory loss or other cognitive changes.  Guests enjoy coffee and treats, music, and conversation with new friends of all ages, as well as a creative exploration facilitated by a guest artist.  On November 7, we welcome ARTZ, which will present “Meet Me at the Movies & Make Memories.” Co-hosted by the Waltham Student Group of Brandeis University.  Free of charge.  Meets on the first Friday of the month, except for major holidays.  Contact Beth Soltzberg for information, at 781-693-5628 o

ArtSage MN Professional Development Initiative - Artist Training

A selected group of 17 Minnesota teaching artists will participate in a two-day intensive training led by nationally recognized teaching artists and aging experts to increase their skills in working with older adults. Each artist will be paired with a mentor to observe, teach and provide feedback on best practices.

ArtSage Intro to Arts & Aging Workshop

For artists, arts and cultural organizations, health providers, caregivers, and senior-serving organizations and all those who wish to learn more about the emerging field of arts and aging:
» Learn about the latest research supporting the benefits of arts participation for older adults.
» Network with others in your community interested in the field of Arts & Aging.
» Get resources to support your efforts to integrate the arts into programming.

Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care: A Day of Learning.

From offering caregivers an hour of respite to discovering new wells of creativity, the acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project has spent the last decade developing techniques to reach people with memory illnesses through literature, performance, art and museum exhibits. Now you can learn these techniques from dynamic teachers with proven abilities to reach learners of all abilities. Workshops will be led by: Gary Glazner, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project; Alysha Shaw, Lifesongs℠; Jane Tygesson, Discover Your Story; Ruth Dennis, Vista Living; and Jytte Lokvig, Alzheimer’s Café.

Three Dance Exchange Performers Spend Week getting Baycrest Moving

​Intergenterational dancers from Dance Exchange came to Baycrest, a global center of excellence in brain health and aging in Toronto, this June. The dancers were a part of a  half day training session for Baycrest staff to begin the week. For the remainder of the week, the team performed unexpectedly in various locations throughout the facility and lead workshops with residents, staff and caregivers. The week came together with a sharing in the Winter Garden Atrium on the last day, filled with thinking about dance as an integral part of health care.