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Insights on Creativity from the NCCA Conference

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The National Center for Creative Aging, A “Beacon of Hope”

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          The National Center for Creative Aging is one of the “Beacons of Hope” organizations I am featuring in the first resource guide in my Living Through Creativity Series. Today’s post is an informative report from Next Avenue’s Artful Aging series on the recent national meeting the NCCA. It is an excellent introduction to the world-wide movement integrating the arts into healthcare.

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“The latest work on aging shows the benefits of creative engagement around the globe…”

Source: Insights on Creativity from the NCCA Conference

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of the National Center for Creative Aging!

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The Arts And Aging: 5 Surprising Insights On Creativity

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Becoming More Creative as We Age:

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          I am working on the design and development of The School of Creative Aging. Following the pioneering work of Dr. Gene Cohen and the establishment of the National Center for Creative Aging, evidence is continually coming to light about the importance of creative engagement as we age. Forbes magazine shares the lessons learned by Next Avenue writer Heidi Raschke at a recent conference on international creative aging. Be patient–you have to get past the Forbes intro to articles.

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“The latest work on aging shows the benefits of creative engagement. Experts from the Netherlands, Taiwan and the U.S shared their insights on creativity.”

Source: The Arts And Aging: 5 Surprising Insights On Creativity

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Creative Aging!

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About » NCCA Creative Caregiving

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A New & Valuable Resource for Caregivers from the National Center for Creative Aging:

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     The National Center for Creative Aging is a wonderful organization in Washington, DC. It grew out of the work of Dr. Gene Cohen and is a resource for information, ideas, research, and model programs. It has recently published a resource guide for caregivers that is online, free, and collaborative in nature. If you or someone you know is providing care for elders with or without dementia, this is for you. Please share it with anyone who may be interested.

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Source: About » NCCA Creative Caregiving

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The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Work of the National Center for Creative Aging!

National Center for Creative Aging Announces Jennie Smith-Peers as New Executive Director | New Executive Director of NCCA Aims to Change the View of Aging | NCCA

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New Leadership Coming at NCCA:

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     The National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, DC is truly a national treasure. It grew out of the pioneering work of Dr. Gene Cohen on creative aging and Gay Hanna, the retiring executive director has done an amazing job in nurturing and expanding its growth. Read about the new executive director Jennie Smith-Peers, who has expanded the work of a wonderful New York City organization, Elders Share the Arts. Good things are happening to support the revolution in aging!

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Source: National Center for Creative Aging Announces Jennie Smith-Peers as New Executive Director | New Executive Director of NCCA Aims to Change the View of Aging | NCCA

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the National Center for Creative Aging!

Disrupt Aging: Reinventing What It Means To Age

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AARP’s New Agenda, Changing the Way We Think and Act about Aging:

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     We should all welcome this new initiative by AARP to change the way the world thinks and acts about aging. Dr. Bill Thomas, with his Green House/Eden Alterantive, and Aging 2.0, has been a leader in “disruptive aging for years. The National Center for Creative Aging, which emerged from the pioneering research of Dr. Gene Cohen, has become a national force. Every week on this curated information blog I share examples and resources from around the world. As regular readers know, I am also in the planning phase for The School of Creative Aging.

     This post takes you to the new website for Disrupt Aging. Get to  know what AARP plans and get involved in your community.

     The images in this blog come from one of my favorite sources, Orlando’s Growing Bolder.

“Changing the stories we tell ourselves about aging through new solutions that help us age differently.”

Source: Disrupt Aging: Reinventing What It Means To Age

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Changing the Way We Think and Act about Aging!

Active Aging Week, September 27 to October 3, Brings Attention to the Positivity of Aging – Rehab Managment

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September 27-October 3 is Active Aging Week

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This is a good time to look at the issues related to active aging. Whatever your health, keeping as active as possible is important. As seniors we need to be active in mind, spirit, and body. Take the time to review what you are doing and what you want to do in all three areas.

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“Active Aging Week, organized by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), takes place September 27 to October 3 and encourages seniors to stay active and be adventurous.”

Source: Active Aging Week, September 27 to October 3, Brings Attention to the Positivity of Aging – Rehab Managment

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▶ Mature Living: Creative Aging – YouTube

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Age-Friendly Communities: The Fairfax, Virginia Model, Video on Creative Aging

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Fairfax County, Virginia offers an interesting model for a county-wide approach to creative aging. Located just outside Washington DC, Fairfax County has a multi-faceted approach to developing Age-Friendly Communities in the region. The county administration supported the shaping of the Fairfax 50+ Community Action Plan. It also supports 14 Senior Centers through the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.

One of its popular programs is Mature Living videos, broadcast several times a week on Channel 16 and available through You Tube. Today’s post is a wonderful video introducing the ideas and practices behind Creative Aging. It features among its guests Gay Hanna, Executive Director of the National Center for Creative Aging, located in nearby Washington, DC. This video, as well as others in the series, are well worth watching and sharing with others.

Enjoy this vision of what can be and use the contact form to tell us what is happening in your community.

WATCH…REFLECT…SHARE..MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY AGE-FRIENDLY.

 ▶ Mature Living: Creative Aging – YouTube.

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The Kyle Group and The School of Creative Aging, Forward to the Future!

Creativity can last well into old age, as long as creators stay open to new ideas – The Washington Post

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Creativity is for ALL Ages Says The Washington Post

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Creativity knows no age.

The School of Creative Aging believes in and fosters a world where the opportunities for creativity are bred deeply into the fiber of a community. Today’s curated information comes from The Washington Post article of two years ago, but well worth a second look.

The National Center for Creative Aging is a leader in promoting research and programs that support the importance of creativity in the aging process. Joan Jeffri, director the NCCA’s Research Center for Arts and Culture, share many examples of the long-lived creativity of artists in many disciplines. Growing Bolder, a media company located in Orlando, offers us wonderful examples of elders who are growing, creating, and contributing to society every day.

Enjoy this article and use the contact page to tell us what your community is doing to support creative aging.

READ…REFLECT…SHARE…SUPPORT CREATIVE AGING IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

Creativity can last well into old age, as long as creators stay open to new ideas – The Washington Post.

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The Kyle Group and The School of Creative Aging, We Keep Creativity Alive!

 

The School of Creative Aging: Transforming How We Think and Act about Aging

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Celebrating the Light Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

Celebrating the Light
Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

This is the 250th post on Create & Be Well. I am using it to announce a new project of The Kyle Group, my consulting firm for over 30 years. Our greatest strength has always been in bringing research and analysis to the design and development of new programs and projects to assist communities and organizations to transform themselves.

The School of Creative Aging: Transforming How We Think and Act about Aging

Ageism and negative perceptions of aging dominate our society. This is wrong and limits creativity and development in our lives and communities. Aging is the most natural thing we do; it is how we grow, mature, and make strong ourselves, our families, and our communities.

The VISION of the School of Creative Aging is to transform our negative stereotypes about aging and the developments that follow these images and ideas.

The MISSION is to offer a wide range of resources to individuals, organizations, and communities to counteract negative views and actions while understanding that aging is the most natural process in the world and that human potential may be strong and resilient at any age.

Over the next several months I will be simultaneously developing plans for The School of Creative Aging and offering a group of resources to individuals, organizations, and communities. These may include online resource guides, workshops for professionals and the general public, and consulting services to organizations and communities in designing and implementing creative aging projects and programs.

I will post once a week on Create & Be Well to update you on new developments. Please use the contact page below to share your ideas and thoughts about this new direction with  me.

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Making Art Boosts Seniors’ Psychological Resilience – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

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Those of you who follow this blog know that creative aging is a major theme in my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.” There is growing understanding of the importance of the arts in vital longevity. This includes all the arts.

I have posted many times about Music and Memory, the wonderful project bringing music to seniors in nursing homes, and the documentary “Alive Inside” that reveals the power of music in helping seniors to age gracefully.

I may have posted this article before, but it is so important I want to repeat it. Psychological resilience is key to creative and healthy aging. Reflect on this information here and see where it may apply in your own life and that of your family.

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Making Art Boosts Seniors’ Psychological Resilience – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society.