Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 1:04pm

On February 2, I had the honor of moderating the first in a series of presentations on the arts and the brain, hosted by Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The series is the brainchild of Strathmore’s Lauren Campbell. The first session featured Dr. Gay Powell-Hanna, Executive Director of NCCA and Dr. Bruce Miller Director of The Memory and Aging Center at UCSF Dr. Miller is one of the leading experts on dementia and creativity.

Miller began his talk by commenting on the...

Brain Fitness
Kathy Eldon Headshot
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 10:43am

Many people use Gandhi’s refrain “be the change you wish to see in the world,” however, not many people embody this quote the way Kathy Eldon does. At the age of 65, she works full time as Founder and Chair of the Creative Visions Foundation. The Creative Visions Foundation focuses on creating innovative solutions to local and global challenges using both media and the arts. Kathy created the foundation in memory of her son, Dan Eldon, a Reuters journalist who was killed in Somalia at the...

Beautiful Minds
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 3:20pm

Life as an artist can be solitary at times, spending long hours in the studio perfecting your work. But not so for Bernard Brooks, 72, and Gwen Aqui-Brooks, 65, artists who celebrated their third wedding anniversary last week. The cheerful couple, both retired professional artists, will always find companionship in their shared studio in Washington, DC....

Jerry Rothstein
Monday, December 5, 2011 - 1:50pm

“The gift of giving” is a common refrain around the holidays, but local paper editor Jerry Rothstein, 71, adheres to the concept year-round in interesting, engrossing and replicable ways.

While he hasn’t always been an editor, Mr. Rothstein has been heavily involved in community development for most of his life. After getting his masters in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Rothstein moved north to Canada where he would spend over 25 years in...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 11:05am

Today the National Endowment for the Arts released the exciting new white paper, The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being. The paper, coauthored by the National Center for Creative Aging, is...

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 2:05pm

Security and comfort are common human goals. And yet neuroscience reveals that living life in the same way every day, as comfortably and securely as possible, can increase cognitive impairment as we age. The brain requires challenge and new learning in order to stay healthy.  Therefore, a willingness to try new things and an adventurous attitude are important to healthy aging. It is this kind of spirit I encountered when I spoke with Sonia Usatch-Kuhn, who has adopted the practice of living...

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 2:17pm

When discussing the important things in her life, Bebe Lavin emphasizes two subjects in particular: (1) older adults need to participate in the community, and (2) her grandchildren are truly the most brilliant children to have ever walked the earth. While she offers plenty of evidence for both claims, we’ll focus on the former and take the latter for granted....

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 8:05pm

As a child Nancy King performed for her elementary school, wrote and directed her first play at the age of ten, and almost 65 years later, she hasn’t slowed down. Following a long career as a professor at the University of Delaware, Ms. King continues write novels, conduct story-making workshops, and stay as engaged as possible....

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 1:04pm

Tim Carpenter, NCCA board member and founder of EngAGE, spoke last month at the TEDxSoCal event in Long Beach about thriving as we age. This 11-minute video of his talk is sure to brighten your day!

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 2:47pm

At 96 years young, Ms. Young's passions are many.  She is an environmentalist and a lover of nature, but most of all, she is a builder of peace.  Her sister, you see, was the Peace Pilgrim: a woman who felt so strongly about peace that in the 1950s, she gave up her name and walked across the United States collecting signatures for peace to deliver to the United Nations and to the White House.  She carried nothing but a toothbrush, a journal and pen, the clothing on her back, and her...