Lifelong Learning

As life expectancy increases, more attention is being given to the meaning and purpose of later life. The NCCA aims to meet the developmental needs of older people through creative engagement, sense memory and self-expression. In this section you will find more information about Lifelong Learning programming, news, research, stories and more.

This study evaluates the transfer from the domain-specific, sensorimotor training to cognitive abilities that are affiliated with executive function. Piano instruction was used as a cognitive intervention to abate normal age-related decline in older adults.

It is never too late to pick up an instrument. Use Cassandra Gordon as an example. She first picked up the cello at 62 and now, 11 years later, continues to play and has played in an orchestra. Ms.

The music therapy program at Brooking Parks engages seniors with classic songs and enhances health outcomes of residents.

Dana Jackson celebrated her one hundredth birthday this year by tying the knot. Jackson married 87-year-old Bill Stauss in Bowling Green, KY last week.

100-year-old Kathleen “Kit” Connell is an enthusiastic and avid spokesperson for Nintendo.

New York’s Pace University students teach senior citizens computer skills such as email, searching the web and more. Many of the seniors come back to the tutoring sessions multiple times before they remember how to use the skills.

Don Jones, an art therapist, had a serious stroke which took his strength, hand-eye coordination and will to create. His wife Karen urged him to start painting, a job he has been practicing for years. Jones cofounded the American Art Therapy Association and Buckeye Art Therapy Association.

Amy Henderson noted two varieties of retired life, one that consisted of uneventful days inside an unstimulating environment and the other where life was booming. Those living in the latter enjoyed learning new creative expressions, surrounded by art and like-minded souls.

“Old has a purpose; Old knows how to make things flourish; Old knows what a gift it is to nourish.” These lyrics come from A New Wrinkle, Gaea Yudron’s musical revue on aging.  Besides writing a musical, Gaea is a champion of social causes.

“Old has a purpose; Old knows how to make things flourish; Old knows what a gift it is to nourish.” These lyrics come from A New Wrinkle, Gaea Yudron’s musical revue on aging.  Besides writing a musical, Gaea is a champion of social causes.

To say Margo Frazier is selfless is an understatement. Her life story continually reflects her going out of her way to protect and care for her family even after having been diagnosed with breast cancer. Margo was married at the age of 19, had two children, and then divorced at 30.

To say Margo Frazier is selfless is an understatement. Her life story continually reflects her going out of her way to protect and care for her family even after having been diagnosed with breast cancer. Margo was married at the age of 19, had two children, and then divorced at 30.

Apply for a $5,000 grant to begin or expand an arts and aging program in your community

There is a rumor that one can tell an individual's likelihood of participating in art by his or her age. And according to Mark Stern, it is little more than that: a rumor.

Danny Bianchino celebrated his 90th birthday the same way he spent the majority of his ninety years: dancing. During his service in World War II, Bianchino caught the jitterbug and has not stopped dancing since.

Nancy Havlik, a Washington-based choreographer in her 60s, appreciates the upside of aging. "I feel much more freedom with age," she said.

In the 1960s singer Barbara Dane combined a unique blend of jazz, folk, and blues music with political and social activism to inspire a generation of musicians including a teenage Bonnie Raitt.

Early-onset dementia can be just as hard on the spouse as it is on the person with it. When George Hadas was diagnosed with the condition, his wife Rachel turned to poetry. George's disease "presented an enormous cognitive challenge, not only for him but for me," she says.

After battling cancer and braving the ensuing medical bills, it can be hard to laugh.

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