Monthly Archives: June 2015

Judi Dench and Ian McKellen Back New Theatre Company for Older Actors | Engage Blog

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UK Veterans Acting Troupe

UK Veterans Acting Troupe

The Kyle Group’s new project “The School of Creative Aging” celebrates the strength and possibilities that elders offer the world. Many older professionals in the arts, especially music and the theater are continuing to bring joy to people every day. Yet in these professions, as in too many others, the potential contributions of older performers are often ignored.

Judi Dench and Ian McKellen are two of my all time favorite actors. Both are firmly in the “older” actors category and thriving. It is great to see them supporting this new theatre company for older actors.

I am posting this from the EngAGE blog just to remind you about that great approach to creative aging founded by Tim Carpenter in California. There is a link there that will bring you to the original British article. Enjoy as we approach the Fourth of July holiday.

Please use the contact form below to share information about the programs in the arts for elders in your community.

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Judi Dench and Ian McKellen Back New Theatre Company for Older Actors | Engage Blog.

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Why the Arts Are Key to Dementia Care – Next Avenue

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Those of you who read this curated information blog regularly know that I have been focusing on the role of the arts in dementia care as part of the broader theme of creative aging in my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.” Two important approaches I have shared are those shown in the important documentaries “Alive Inside,” which shows the power of music and “I Remember Better When I Paint,” a wonderful example of art’s role in healing and transformation.

Today’s post offers a good overview of the importance of the arts in dementia care from NPR’s Next Avenue, an excellent source on ideas and information on healthy aging. Anne Basting, a writer on the arts and aging, gives us insight into some resources available for family caregivers to use the arts in communicating with their relatives with dementia. She introduces the Carolyn Farrell Foundation, established by her husband Charlie to help family caregivers, as well as sharing information about other resources.

Please use the contact form below to tell us about programs in your community that help caregivers use the arts in working with people with dementia.

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Why the Arts Are Key to Dementia Care – Next Avenue.

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The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre

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One of the major themes of my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” is healing power of the arts when a community has suffered a traumatic event. The Charleston church massacre is an all too recent example. Today’s post offers a small picture of what is happening there.

Enough Pie is a nonprofit arts organization that already planned an event for the summer solstice in a run-down area of the community. After the shooting the artists adjusted their work to respond to the tragedy and people came together to begin the healing process. Enough Pie was not the only response and the story here also features other examples of art in response to the shooting.

Please use the contact form below to tell us how your community has used the arts to respond to tragedy.

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 The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre.

 

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Vision & Mission | Conscious Aging Alliance

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As I develop The School of Creative Aging and my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” I am finding some signs of progress in our moving beyond the stereotypes of aging in collaborative organizations. One of these is the Conscious Aging Alliance.

The Conscious Aging Alliance includes some of my favorite organizations as members: the National Center for Creative Aging, the Center for Conscious Elderly, Legacy of Wisdom, and Sage-ing International, among others. The philosophical foundations of this group are similar to the ones on which I have based The School of Creative Aging, as well as the book in progress and its related resource guides. Today’s post offers a link to the Alliance’s vision and mission, as well as additional information on its work.

Please use the contact form to tell me about visionary approaches to aging in your community. Happy Saturday.

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 Vision & Mission | Conscious Aging Alliance.

Portrait of a Rose Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Portrait of a Rose
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River Dreams. Healing Waters Regina MJ Kyle 2015

River Dreams. Healing Waters
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

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The 23 Absolute Best Quotes To Boost Your Creativity

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Today’s end of the week post is a great selection of quotes on creativity, together with examples of the artists’ works. Choose one to guide your creative adventures for the weeks ahead, or possibly select one for each new week.

My book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” tells stories of people and communities making a difference using creative and innovative ways of making life better for all of us. Wishing all of you a peaceful, creative, and restful weekend!

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The 23 Absolute Best Quotes To Boost Your Creativity.

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The Kyle Group Keeping Creativity Alive

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Keeping Creativity Allive

Success After 60 – Next Avenue

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Next Avenue, a project of National Public Radio (NPR) is a valuable source of information on aging in our society, especially creative and innovative approaches to thinking and acting about aging.

In the spirit of The School of Creative Aging, the new initiative of The Kyle Group, this morning’s post shares information on a new book of brief biographies of people who have found extraordinary success after the age of 60.

“Senior Wonders” by co-authors Karen L. Pepkin and Wendell C. Taylor presents the view of aging we believe in: that it is a natural phenomenon and not a disease and that it is possible to achieve great things at any age. They focus on the three P’s: Passion, Perspectives on Life, and Persistence as the keys to creative aging.

The book is available on Amazon in both Kindle and print editions. You can read my review of it on the site.

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Success After 60 – Next Avenue.

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly: FREE BOOK: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: What Do We Know?

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Lily Pads Dreaming Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Lily Pads Dreaming
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Alzhemier’s & Dementia Weekly is a valuable source of information on current research and programs related to dementia. It covers a wide range of topics helpful to healthcare providers, care-givers, families whose loved ones have different forms of dementia, and the general public. Prevention is the key to helping all of us to age creatively.

Today’s post contains a link to download a free mini-book with the latest information and suggestions from the National Institute of Aging, part of the federal National Institutes of Health. I will be including the Weekly and the information from the NIA and NIH in the resource guides linked to my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.”

Please share this information with others who may benefit from it and use the contact form below to tell me about dementia prevention programs in your community.

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly: FREE BOOK: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: What Do We Know?.

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Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art | Brain Pickings

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Brain Pickings is my favorite site for interesting information in many areas and Alain de Botton is an extraordinary British philosopher. He is also the founder of The School of Life in London, one of the models for The School of Creative Aging I am developing.

Today’s post will introduce you to Alain de Botton, The School of Life, and de Botton’s writings on art therapy. His book on Art Therapy was written with art historian John Armstrong and is a thoughtful introduction to the power of art in our lives. One of a small number of books published by the school, it is available from The School of Life’s website. Enjoy!

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Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art | Brain Pickings.

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Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Regina MJ Kyle 2015

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From trash to Tchaikovsky in a Paraguay slum

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As I continue research and writing of my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” I  am constantly amazed by the ingenuity and creativity displayed by people in the most difficult circumstances. No instruments, no funds, how do you bring the power of music to young people in poverty? We know well how important music is in the lives of all of us, and especially the young. Today’s storu is one of many coming out of poor areas in Latin America.

The story of the Recycled Instruments Orchestra in the Cateura slum of Paraguay’s capital demonstrates how creativity can bring hope and new life to a community, even one based on a garbage economy. Forty young musicians practice every Saturday on instruments made from trash.

Do we have any excuse at all for not making music available for all our children?

Please use the contact form below to let me know about creative ways of making music available for young people in your community.

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From trash to Tchaikovsky in a Paraguay slum.

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Gardens in Healthcare Facilities: A

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This is my second post on therapeutic gardens. Part of the healthcare revolution I am presenting in “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” and the related Resource Guides focuses on gardens in healthcare facilities. The Therapeutic Landscape Network is a valuable source of information and assistance for those interested in designing and developing such gardens.

Today’s post links to list of therapeutic gardens, primarily in the United States and Canada.

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Gardens in Healthcare Facilities: A.

 

Roses in a Florida Garden Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Roses in a Florida Garden
Regina MJ Kyle 2014

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