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Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 10:25am

This fall NCCA has the pleasure of being immersed in the work of photographer Lee Goodwin at our offices in Iona Senior Sevices.  Goodwin is Iona's artist in residence through January 2011 with special guest artist and sculptor Marilee Shapiro. 

Goodwin lives and works here in the Washington, DC area as a renewable energy lawyer.  A lifelong photographer, he has concentrated on landscape photography for the last fifteen years, documenting...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 4:42pm

The Huffington Post recently posted a great article examining issues related to working as an older artist.  Author Karen Atkinson writes, "[A]s artists age they don't stop making work or lose creative impulses. On the contrary, the wisdom, and maturity that comes with age might in fact produce the best work of an artist's career. The key is to...

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 9:57am

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. But nationally recognized arts educator Steven Aimone dispels the myth that drawing has to be about representation, teaching instead that anyone can draw by tapping into his or her emotions and intuition.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 11:49am

For the last two years, ECOS DE PUERTO RICO, a 12-person cuatro group has been actively and succesfully representing Puerto Rican traditional music in San Antonio and South Texas. The group is composed of four first cuatros, four second cuatros, plus a rhythm section that includes two guitars, bongos and congas, and güiro, the "scratch gourd" often used in Latin American music. Members range in age from 43 to 74....

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 11:01am

Dr. Robert Butler, who has often been referred to as 'the father of geriatrics,' died Sunday in Manhattan at the age of 83 of Leukemia. Dr. Butler was the founding director of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health and helped start the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the Alzheimer's Disease Association and the International Longevity Center. Despite a difficult upbringing by his grandparents, he saw the resilience of his aging grandmother as she...

Monday, June 21, 2010 - 1:16pm

Naseem Miller recently finished a wonderful documentary, "Beyond Bingo," about the ways art programs can improve the quality of life of older adults providing them with sense of mastery, a reduction of stress, a way to socialize while also increasing brain fitness. The video features Dr. Majid Fotuhi, Director of Center for Memory and Brain Health, LifeBridge Health Brain and Spine Institute, Department of Neurology, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore; clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School...

Friday, June 18, 2010 - 3:17pm

I had the pleasure of attending the Stagebridge Senior Theater show at Ashby Stage in Berkeley, California on Monday evening. The show began with the traveling variety show, "It's Never Too Late." Older actors dressed to the nines in black and red performed a myriad of songs and skits exploring topics from marriage to the joys (or pains) of dating, while also poking fun at common stereotypes held about aging.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 12:08pm

Here at the National Center for Creative Aging, we're not fans of the traditional usage of the term "senior moment," entrenched in our culture's negative views of aging. But since it's such a widely used term that we can't ignore it, we'd like to invite you to redefine what it means to have a "senior moment"--from the perspective of embracing the potential in aging: what can be accomplished because of aging, not in spite of aging.

We understand: it's not...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:10am

For every Baby Boomer who knows what comes next after, “Here we come, walkin’ down the street…” there is a member of the World War II generation to whom, “I’ll Be Seeing You” reminds them of empty days and nights waiting for a loved one.

That is the unmistakable power of music to fire up the brain’s recall abilities. Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD, director of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University and former acting director of the National Institute on...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:02am

NCCA had the amazing opportunity through a wonderful partnership with Martek Biosciences to roll out a national campaign called Beautiful Minds focusing on inspiring older adults to take action in improving their brain health. The campaign features 11 beautiful minds, many of which are NCCA members, in a traveling photo exhibit. NCCA and Martek kicked off the campaign in New York City earlier this week by ringing...

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