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.

Karma Kitaj discovered her creative nature after taking up artist and creativity coach Sandra Shurman’s offer to play in her art studio. Since then, Kitaj has continued making art, held an art show and even sold paintings. Kitaj uses her own experiences to reaffirm research done by Dr. Gene D.

Education is a key ingredient to keeping the brain fit as it ages and a college degree can slow the brain’s aging process by up to a decade. “Education seems to be an elixir that can bring us a healthy body and mind throughout adulthood and even a longer life” says Margie E.

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

This interactive and informative symposium focused on developing lifelong learning through engaging arts programs and activities including singing, theater, storytelling and drumming.

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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 

Life as an artist can be solitary at times, spending long hours in the studio perfecting your work. But not so for Bernard Brooks, 72, and Gwen Aqui-Brooks, 65, artists who celebrated their third wedding anniversary last week.

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

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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.

When discussing the important things in her life, Bebe Lavin emphasizes two subjects in particular: (1) older adults need to participate in the community, and (2) her grandchildren are truly the most brilliant children to have ever walked the earth.

Tim Carpenter, NCCA board member and founder of EngAGE, spoke last month at the TEDxSoCal event in Long Beach about thriving as we age.

Evelyn Torton Beck began her college career at Brooklyn College in 1950, and fifty four years later her formal education may have reached its peak when she received her second Ph.D., this one in Clinical Psychology. A life-long learner, Dr.

At the age of 86, Clarence Johnston is too busy living in the present to talk much about his past.  As a world-renowned jazz drummer he has played over 50 years, traveling and performing with jazz artists Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Dinah Washington among many others.  As an Army and Air Forc

Elizabeth Serkin is a lifelong seeker of learning and earned her PhD in feminist social gerontology at the age of 66. At the age of 68, she married "her last and best husband," who was 89. Her husband, now 91, goes to work every day. "He needs to be creative.

Washington, DC's NPR station, WAMU 88.5, and Faces of Learning, a national grassroots engagement initiative that builds the capacity needed to support high-quality learning environments, have teamed up to create a series of short stories every Wednesday about

The new PBS documentary Over 90 and Loving It features real stories of people over 90 who are thriving as athletes, musicians, advocates, and more.

I began the third act with a slight touch of gentle violin music, played in the darkness, as the lights ever so slowly and warmly came up on a forest scene. The music I chose was an old Yiddish melody whose words tell of a rebbe teaching the Hebrew alphabet to little children.