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.

Shirley Joel produces something akin to Discovery Channel's Myth Busters on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), a public television channel.  But where Myth Busters tests obscure urban legends, the Active Aging series debunks commonly held beliefs, such as 'all older people are si

Older adults don’t just need arts programs, they also CREATE arts programs.  Older adults have a plethora of life experiences, stories, memories, and creative talents to share with both younger generations as well as other older adults.  The Positive Aging Fund offers grants to non-profits worki

Mary Anne O'Neill is the typical grandmother of the 21st century.

Most of us had art class in elementary school, but only a few of us were told that we were "good," which usually meant that we were able to accurately render what we saw in real life onto a page. And for many of us, not being "good" at drawing meant that we didn't try it again.

NCCA-MetLife Foundation Creativity Matters! Lifelong Learning Through the Arts Symposium
June 15, 2010
230 San Antonio Circle

Senior Housing News did a nice story on NCCA's most recent symposium in Washington, DC.

Last week NCCA held a fabulous symposium, NCCA-MetLife Foundation Creativity Matters! Civic Engagement and Gardening Symposium in Washington, DC. The conference featured a multitude of workshops, lectures and hands-on breakout sessions over the course of three days.

AARP has recently featured the article, Find Your Inner Genius: Late-blooming artists reveal how they tapped their creative talents – and how you can too. Find out how these adults turned to art later in life including Mack Orr a.k.a.

Older Workers Bring New Purpose to Volunteer Work

Rhoda Curtis has written her second book, After Ninety What, a follow-up to her previous one, Rhoda: The First Ninety Years.  The book includes essays, travelogues, short stories and even a play, Family Voices.  Creating has been an integral part of Curtis’s life.

The December issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy featured a wonderful write up about an extremely influential and inspiring program, the Meet Me at MoMA Alzheimer's Project.

Antonette Collins interviewed four leaders in the Creative Aging field to explore the possibilities of arts programs for older adults, increasing the quality of life of older adults and decreasing medical costs.  Susan Perlstein, founder of the National Center for Creative Aging,

The first webinar is on Monday, September 14 from 1 - 2:30 pm EDT.

Webinars are a wonderful way to bring people from around the country together to obtain the most current information on research, programming, and development of arts programs for older adults from highly trained profess

Pat Howe of La Plata, MD, had to undergo open skull surgery after having a brain aneurysm.  After deciding that a college course would be a little too stressful, the 63-year-old school teacher decided to pick up the guitar, something she had never tried before.  Howe said, “[My friends said] ‘Yo

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