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Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 9:58am

The Geezers’ Crusade
David Brooks describes the increasing benefits of aging by debunking commonly believed myths. Brooks described the older adult’s brain as one that can continue to create new connections and neurons throughout life. He references studies that describe aging as a period of development where gender roles begin to merge and personalities become more vivid and distinct in tune with who they really are. Brooks cites a study done at University of...

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 10:44am

This article was written by NCCA member, Susan Swanson, M.A., ATR
Written in Memory of Florence and Hy

I am an expressive arts therapist and have been working with clients diagnosed with dementia for 30 years. I bring programs to assisted living facilities, nursing homes, day care centers and residential facilities. Most of my clients are elderly but some have been diagnosed with dementia at a younger age. What Is Dementia? Dementia is a non-specific illness in which areas of...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 2:44pm

 

Disheartened by her elderly mother's escalating dementia,writer and photographer Connie Springer wondered if we all end up like this if we live long enough. Springer devoted two years to interviewing and photographing 28 individuals in their 90s including one man who swam across the Ohio River in his 90s, another...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 10:37am

Our very own Gay Hanna discusses the steady rise of creative arts programs for older adults in communities throughout the nation despite the creative aging field being a 'blue ocean,' one that is relatively new to the arts and healthcare world. She discusses the national reach of NCCA in educating professionals in how to creatively engage older adults as well as NCCA's role in bridging the gap between arts and aging organizations. Hanna also describes the future of funding for creative...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 3:56pm

The MetLife Foundation and the National Guild have been very strong supporters of creative programs for older adults. Read more about their contributions in, MetLife Foundation and National Guild Award $80,000 in Grants to 12 Creative Aging Programs

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 12:14pm

Music and the Mind: Using an iPod to Treat Alzheimer’s
Music can be a vital tool in helping those with Alzheimer’s connect with their past, as well as build a relationship between the patient and caregiver. Music and technology have often gone hand in hand, and The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) is building on this tradition by creating the “Well-Tuned” program, training caregivers to use iPods to play music for people with Alzheimer’s. IMNF trains...

Monday, December 28, 2009 - 10:20am

The article, At 94, She's the Hot New Thing in Painting, in The New York Times describes Carmen Herrera's international fame gained at the age of 94. Herrera has been painting for six decades, and sold her first painting five years ago at the age of 89. Since 2004 her career has flourished and museums including the...

Friday, December 18, 2009 - 12:16pm

The December issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy featured a wonderful write up about an extremely influential and inspiring program, the Meet Me at MoMA Alzheimer's Project. NCCA has worked closely with fhe MoMA Alzheimer's Project, having featured them at the Creativity Matters Symposia in Washington, DC last March. The program brings people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers to the...

Friday, December 11, 2009 - 12:09pm

Yesterday, 40 representatives from arts organizations participated in the NEA's 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts discussing the future of arts participation. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman greeted the participants and Sunil Iyengar, NEA Director of Research presented a summary of the surveys results. Representatives were able to participate in a discussion surrounding the findings of the survey and how these results effect the future of the arts.

One finding of the...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:47pm

December 10, 2009, Americans will be able to watch as representatives from 40 organizations, including The National Center for Creative Aging, discuss the results from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Census Bureau The Survey is 'the nation's largest and most representative study of adults' arts participation habits.'

View the LIVE webcast at...

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