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.

On February 2, I had the honor of moderating the first in a series of presentations on the arts and the brain, hosted by Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The series is the brainchild of Strathmore’s Lauren Campbell. The first session featured Dr.

Bill Finch turned 100 last week, but he still runs a mile twice a week and plays badminton. Finch does not have a secret for his longevity, but has been active his whole life. When he worked, he ran at least one mile a day before breakfast and has continued to pursue an active lifestyle.

With the generous support of the MetLife Foundation, the Grantmakers Partnership Projects will create an infrastructure for resource development through partnerships with public and private funding agencies, focusing on grantmakers affinity groups, government, private sector, and national servic

On March 30, 31, and April 1, NCCA featured a conference on how to develop museum and storytelling programs for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Participants learned about the engaging arts programming for people with Alzheimer's Disease and their caregivers.

This day-long symposia featured a blue ocean summit on lifelong learning showcasing how the arts can be a tool in creating learning opportunities across the lifespan as well as build social and economic capital in the community.  Keynote speaker Dr.

Dr. Gene Cohen presents on Creativity and Positive Changes Because of Aging, Not Despite It

Originally held on Monday, September 14, 2009.

As a child Nancy King performed for her elementary school, wrote and directed her first play at the age of ten, and almost 65 years later, she hasn’t slowed down. Following a long career as a professor at the University of Delaware, Ms.

A new home and an expanded focus for a pioneering organization that has explored the work and life issues of professional artists

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This report describes the findings of a study designed to evaluate the efficacy of the Meet Me at MoMA program for people in the early stage of dementia and their family caregivers.

Melissa Castora-Binkley and Linda Noelker, Katz Policy Institute, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Thomas Prohaksa, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago 

William Satariano, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley 

This study of aging performing artists 62+ in the metro areas of LA and NYC complements our earlier study of aging visual artists.

The National Center for Creative Aging presented a forum at the Phillips Collection with the three MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award Winners as part of the American Society on Aging's annual conference, Aging in America.

Meet the 2014 Beautiful Minds Finalists

Dr. Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging

This initiative is intended to: 

Learn how to work with older adults using the arts with our free online training

NCCA continues to serve as a beacon for a nationwide movement that is transforming the face of aging across the nation and around the world.