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.

Diane Glass, at age 70, has successfully fought through many obstacles paving her way to living to 100, her ultimate goal. Her secret? A positive outlook and an I-can-do-anything mentality.

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What good are the arts, anyway? 

Join us for an exhibition of works presented by Art Cart: Saving the Legacy documenting artistic expression of 20th century artists over a lifetime for the broader community.

Join us for an exhibition in Washington, DC and New York City featuring artists from the Art Cart: Saving the Legacy project

A songwriting class begins in Chicago.

Join AFTA for an art exhibition and reception at the final session of their summer intergenerational program. Participating seniors and youth will share memories and artwork created in their sessions. For more information, visit their WEBSITE or contact Brandi Rose, the program director.

Join AFTA in celebrating the culmination of their summer arts program at Kensington Park. The outdoor event will feature live music, food, and an art exhibition and performance by seniors who participated in the program.

This popular summer camp annually attracts older adults from around the state and nation who have an interest in, talent in, or desire to learn more about the arts.

Elders Academy prepares us through education for the second half of life. Although societies have found ways to initiate us for the demands of our first half of life through educating us for adulthood and middle adulthood, we are often less prepared to face the second half of life.

On May 2, 2013, the Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-term Care (CLRI), in collaboration with Carleton Lodge, a City of Ottawa long-term care home, co-hosted an innovative photography exhibit called

Born in 1930, Dorothy May spent most of her adult life caring for her family in Chicago. When she was forty, she decided to return to school and pursue a degree in psychology.

The 2013 Elder Care Fair in Marble Falls, Texas, will feature over 50 organizations that offer programs fo

Married for 55 years, Jean and Dick Bedell have dedicated their lives to service projects all around the world. Dick, a pediatrician, and Jean, a nurse with a Masters degree in Gerontology, are the unstoppable “womb to tomb” duo.

The NEA releases a report on the review of existing research prepared by a federal task force on the arts and human development.

NCCA has launched the first of it's kind Directory of Creative Aging Programs in America funded by the NEA, MetLife Foundation, and The Michelson Foundation.

Join our national advocacy campaign and be featured in a traveling photo essay exhibit!