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.

The Chautauqua Institution has become a popular destination for older adults who strive to remain active and engage with others who have similar interests.

Hugh Aaron resides in a community that thrives from the creativity of its engaging older population.

Hugh Aaron resides in a community that thrives from the creativity of its engaging older population.

Seniors Enriched Living (SEL) is an organization that has been going strong for 22 years. In Roswell, Georgia, the group visits senior centers to promote both education and entertainment to stimulate aging minds.

Jeanne Kelly, a lifelong singer, conductor, and professional operatic, has continued to share her talent through her years and encourages others to join her. Her experience includes performing in operas across the nation and conducting the Women’s Glee Club at the U.S. Naval Academy.

This week we're hitting the trail across the country to attend a series of conferences and exhibitions on a variety of topics including aging, health, the arts, education, grantmaking, and more.  On our first stop we'll be at the AARP Life@50 conference in New Orleans, LA September 21-22.

Mary Lou Snitger was once was an accomplished photographer.  Her love of photography began in her father’s portrait studio which she eventually took over.  She finished her career as a staff photographer for Pennsylvania State University.  As dementia set in, her camera, which once was practical

Retirement is not just for television watching anymore.  EngAGE, based in Los Angeles, CA, provides arts and wellness classes for about 5,000 people living in senior apartment communities.  Many residents who benefit are low income who, “just had to get through life, taking care of things, and t

The Nitro Senior Center in Charleston, West Virginia boasts a great art class which provides mastery, social engagement, and therapeutic aspects to its participants.  After Dorothy Mannon lost her husband and then her son, she turned to art.  It has given her the social component she missed, as

Since Harrogate retirement community in Lakewood, NJ began arts classes last year, enrollment has more than quadrupled.  Teaching artist Rose Reilly Leonard provides classes to residents who are mostly between the ages of 70 and 90, some of which have Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disabilities.

In a study funded by the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa Bay, FL, researchers found that after eight months, participants who practiced tai chi had brain growth and cognitive improvement.  Those in the study who were not instructed to participate in tai chi, were either told to engage in sti

Drumming can be a great way to bridge the gap between generations, as seen in Bowen Park in Waukegan, IL where instructor Nansady Keita teaches the Djembe drum.  Keita learned this dying art form in the West African nation, Guinea.  Jack Cunningham, 9, said “I really like to play music and I lik

This week-long training will focus on the role of the arts in creative aging and, providing both a theoretical and didactic approach to implementing and sustaining high quality arts programming in a variety of settings serving older adults, from senior centers to long term residential settings f

As kids across the country are letting out groans and sighs as the school year approaches, adults are gearing up (hopefully a little more excitedly) to go back to school as well.  There are 117 Osher Lifelon

The Olympics isn't only for 20-somethings. There have been some great articles circulating the web showcasing older adults as competing Olympian athletes, and even a few highlighting a time where artists were Olympians too.  

Emily Lu, 26, first saw the effects of art on those with Alzheimer’s as a student at Harvard. It inspired her to create the Harvard Alzheimer’s Buddies for the Arts Program. Now as a medical student at Emory University, she created the Museum Moments Program at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

San Francisco’s family tree history website recently released the 1940 U.S. census data. They worked with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to build and host the data into the public cloud.