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.

New Zealanders ranging from ages 66 to 96 have formed “The Hip Op-eration Crew” and become the world’s oldest flash mob.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) has expanded to Humboldt State University in California, where more seniors are returning to school for both educational and recreational courses.

Dr. Richard Senelick explored the importance of art, such as painting, in seniors with dementia.

Arthur Berger, a 92 year old WWII veteran and retired lawyer, has accomplished so much in the later parts of his life that it is almost as if he is aging backwards.

Join in on a discussion about the goals of successful aging and the important role creativity and the arts play in achieving quality of life

Learn about self-care techniques through the creative arts

Encore Chorale, the nation’s largest choral program for older adults, will present our Kennedy Center Season Finale Encore Chorale in a Holiday Concert. This will include ALL our Encore Chorales!

From my armchair
in my sanctuary,
I wander, I roam.
My mind goes yonder,
far, far away from home.

The Encore Creativity for Older Adults program is inspiring seniors everywhere to stay active in the arts. In Berks County, Pennsylvania, Louise Greenberg has established the Greater Reading Encore Chorale (GREC) to begin in January 2013.
Filmmakers Jonathan Rufo and Keith Ochwat are promoting their newest documentary “Age of Champions,” about the magnificent athletes who compete in the National Senior Olympics.
A dance instructor since 1948, Therrell Smith has dedicated her life to introducing as many people as possible to the amazing world of dance. At 95-years-old, she volunteers at local schools and teaches classes at her studio in Northeast Washington.
Famed authors are growing older, but their dedication to writing has not ceased. Toni Morrison, who has received several awards for her novels throughout the years, continues to release new works at age 81.

Many older adults are finding their passions have waited until the second half of their lives to blossom.

The Phillips Collection and Iona’s Wellness and Arts Center have created a program for older adults that combines museum education and art therapy. The program uses art to stimulate creativity and spark discussions about the pieces.

Now experiencing retirement, Joanne Taylor wonders how she ever had time for a full time job. Her community leadership roles, dedication to yoga, and international travel adventures now consume most of her days and continue to bring excitement and happiness into her life.

Dance classes in New Jersey are becoming increasingly popular among the senior community, as these older adults find more creative ways to maintain an active lifestyle.

Symptoms of dementia affect more and more seniors each day, but may not necessarily inhibit their engagement in the creative arts. Sherry S. is a skilled writer who continues to write stories despite the changes dementia has brought to her health.