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Friday, March 18, 2011 - 12:54pm

Do you view aging as an opportunity to do something extraordinarily beautiful with your mind? Are you 55 years or older? Do you know someone who meets these criteria?

If so, we invite you to nominate yourself or someone you know for the 2011 Beautiful Minds campaign! Visit...

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:08pm

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 sick' and 'life stops after retirement.' Along with a fabulous crew of retirees who range from a former investigative reporter to a retired computer teacher, Mrs. Joel finds and produces the stories...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 5:01pm

A little over a year ago, we announced Connie Springer’s photo exhibition, Positively Ninety, on this blog. After her traveling exhibition became a hit, she put pen to paper to tell the inspiring stories of the nonagenarians in her...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 1:21pm

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 working in senior services, and most recently invited seniors to submit their own community-based programs for other seniors.  Older artists are vital in bringing creative programs to other seniors, but...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 9:39am

It may not be traditional for an artist to start her career at the age of 40, but Flo Oy Wong is anything but a traditional artist.  She is a storyteller, a historian, and anthropologist, and she chooses to express herself with everything from rice sacks to suitcases. 

Now, at the age of...

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 1:34pm

To honor environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, the EPA, Generations United, The Dance Exchange, the Rachel Carson Council, Inc. and NCCA are sponsoring the Fifth Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Photo, Essay, Poetry and Dance Contest “that best expresses the Sense of Wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes.” When we teach our eyes and ears and senses to focus on the wonders of nature, we open ourselves to the...

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 1:53pm

Mary Anne O'Neill is the typical grandmother of the 21st century. During a standard week she attends city council meetings (she was re-elected for a 5th term at the age of 78); teaches human sexuality classes to seniors; collects dues as her homeowner's association treasurer; works out with her...

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 10:53am

2011 is here! NCCA wishes you a wonderful year ahead with fantastic opportunities to age creatively, no matter what age you may be!

For those of you in the Baby Boomer generation, this wish is perhaps especially timely.  Last year was the first year in which the United States was projected to have as many people over the age of 65 as those under the age of 20; beginning January 1 the Pew Research Center estimates that 10,000 people a day will turn...

Monday, November 29, 2010 - 4:03pm

In these days of cell phones, instant messages and email, there’s still something magical about a letter-in-a-bottle.  This past summer, this tradition was revived with a message-in-a-bottle exchange between members of the Bethany Center Senior Housing community and students in 826 Valencia’s Summer Series for English Language Learners. 

 

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 10:21am

Since 1993 the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) has provided creative outlets for residents of the Community Living Center (CLC) under the guidance of Elisabeth Larson.  Larson's original concept for the Creative Arts Program united music, dance and painting through the commonalities of creative movement.

In the nearly two decades this program has been in existence, it has expanded into three robust components: the creative movement program...

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