Health & Wellness

Health and wellness can be achieved in many ways, including using creativity to work the mind and body. Research has shown that mental activity stimulated by arts activities can be especially beneficial to people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Cases of cognitive disabilities increase with age, so as the population lives longer more people will be diagnosed. By bringing arts programs to people with cognitive disabilities, you can create more opportunities for people with cognitive loss and their caregivers. In this section you'll find information about Health and Wellness programming, research, events, news and more.

As India celebrated its 64th anniversary of the day it gained independence, nonagenarian, social activist and practicing lawyer Ram Balak Mishra remembered the dream of India’s original freedom fighters.  They fought for an India, free from British rule, which would grow with the world while ret

Director Kaneto Shindo used all 99 years of his experience to make the award-winning film “Post Card,” a film about the cost of war for both the fallen soldiers and the survivors.  He started directing in 1951 and as a veteran of World War II has often focused on the horrors he experienced and c

Over 4,000 low- to moderate-income Los Angeles seniors are now benefiting from creative aging activities, thanks to NCCA board member Tim Carpenter’s organization EngAGE.  EngAGE has contracted with 20 affordable housing developments around LA to offer fitness, art and performance classes.  Carp

Carolyn Rosenblatt, a mediator for aging related conflicts, knows that dealing with uncooperative parents can be challenging.  Parents may not want to ask for help or divulge their financial situation for fear of troubling their children, but in reality this makes it harder for the children to h

Listening to music releases the chemicals dopamine and oxytocin in the brain, which makes people happier and has been shown to reduce pain by 21 percent and depression by 25 percent.  Also, it can help people to problem solve more creatively.  So how to harness this brain booster?

Yale researchers have released a study that has explained how memory works at a cell level.  What it comes down to, in its simplest terms, is how quickly neurons in the brain respond.  While the researchers found that the older animals they were testing had slower neuron responses, they also fou

It is widely reported the number of retirees will balloon in the next few years, and the implications are staggering.  Already some attribute Greece’s financial meltdown to gratuitous retirement benefits that dragged the nation under.  There is hope yet, however, as half of American retirees exp

Fauja Singh has run seven marathons in his life, and all of them past the age of 89.  Now at 100-years-old, he has plans to run his eighth next year at the 2012 Edinburgh race.  A world-record holder in the over-90 category, Singh attributes his success to ginger curry and many cups of tea.  How

Dr. Gene Cohen said, "Autobiography for older adults is like chocolate for the brain."  What he meant was reviewing one’s own life can stimulate brain cells in the hippocampus with critical brain activity.  Dr.

When professional artist Lonnie Sue Johnson was stricken with viral encephalitis, a disease that severely impacted her memory and halted her career in its tracks.  However, she recovered physically and then surprised experts by drawing pictures, while lacking a memory to draw from.  Her mother a

Diana Nyad, 61, captured the headlines this summer with her enthralling attempt to swim from Havana to the Key West.  This article highlights four additional older athletes, including Sensei Keiko Fukuda whom recently received a 10th degree black belt, making her one of only four other judo athl

The Examiner reports that the Beautiful Minds contest, which features older adults doing wonderful things, has highlighted several baby boomers.  From the adventurer/author John Guider, 62, to the non-profit executive Melody McDuffee, the campaign offers inspiration for the wave of Americans who

At the George Derby Centre, which has served Canada’s veterans for decades, new programs are being introduced to provide a higher-level of care.

Hanns Pieper, professor of gerontology at the University of Evansville, contends the factors that contribute to aging well are enough money, good health and acceptance.  While having enough money and health to live comfortably speak for themselves, he says that learning to embrace the things agi

According to the 2011 America’s Brain Health Index, a collaboration of the National Center for Creative Aging and life’sDHA, Maryland and DC have the healthiest brains in the country.  The geographic areas were ranked on 21 factors including: diet, mental health, physical health and social well-

In a lecture at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Reverend James Ellor of Baylor University presented his beliefs that story-telling is instrumental in aging.  Ellor finds that older adults who are proud of their past but content with their future are the happiest people, and that findi

Fauja Singh has officially become the oldest person ever to complete a marathon, and the first centenarian.  Nicknamed the Turbaned Tornado, this Indian-born Brit finished the Toronto waterfront marathon in eight hours and 11 minutes, beating his goal of finishing in less than 11 hours.

The Medical Humanities Department of Sydney University and the Foundation for Art and Health held a symposium last week  in Australia to examine the value and areas of improvement for art therapy. It has become a truly global conversation, with Dr.

Despite the often negative stereotypes surrounding aging, many organizations are willing to explore the benefits and opportunities that come with age.  The Poetics of Aging conference in San Francisco November 16-19 will feature a number of prominent leaders in the field participating in panel d