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Arts programs are essential in a community to help older adults get involved and remain an important part of their communities. Community based arts programming helps older people as the keepers of culture remain dynamic members of society and provides younger generations with positive role models encouraging a strong sense of meaning and purpose in healthy living in vital communities. In this section you will find all the information on our website including news, events, stories, research and more pertaining to community arts programming.

As the graying of America approaches, cities and towns around the United States are stepping up to the challenge of meeting the needs and desires of this growing population.  The suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts are seeing their elder services client base increase exponentially despite resources

Quilting is a popular medium for expression among older adults.  Linda Pinnt has taken it to a new level after picking up the hobby 20 years ago after finding old quilting blocks belonging to her late mother.  She has started a local quilting guild with community members and has corresponded wit

The Volunteers of America Oregon and the LifeWorks NW and Urban League of Portland produced a report, “It Takes a Village to Live a Life – A  Community Assessment on Aging,” to showcase the results from a two-year needs assessment of older adults and their caregivers.  The report was put togethe

The “Lifting Spirits with Music” program was started by Kathy Atkins for her master’s degree program in gerontology and music at California State University, Sacramento.  The group is composed of 32 musicians in high school who perform 10 or 11 shows a year for seniors.  Lifting Spirits provid

The “Creative Writing Class of the Newhall Senior Center,” better known as “Golden Pen Writer’s Guild” is a 10-year-old group that entices seniors to write, and provides a strong sense of community as well as an escape from the hectic everyday lives of many of its members.  The group has a range

About the Emerging Caregiving Landscape

About the Impact of Creativity and Care

Dwan Smith-Fortier, 70, has always felt the most comfortable being in front of an audience. Even as a small child, so small she had to stand on a box, she delivered Christmas recitations in church with a power and a voice beyond her years.

Dwan Smith-Fortier, 70, has always felt the most comfortable being in front of an audience. Even as a small child, so small she had to stand on a box, she delivered Christmas recitations in church with a power and a voice beyond her years.

Registration for the 2015 conference, The Creative Age: Creativity and Aging in America will open in January, 2015. The conference will be held in Washington, DC, on May 19 – 21, 2015. NCCA will be providing updates as we approach the launch of registration.

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