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Arts & Aging

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Free online course for teaching artists how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators. Self-directed training for each person to complete at their own pace (12 to 15 hours to complete).

DEVELOPED BY:

National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), Washington DC USA. Course coordinated by kfitzgerald@creativeaging.org

WEBSITE:  www.creativeaging.org

STARTED:  NCCA 2007; Arts and Aging Course 2013

OBJECTIVES:

Self-guided training introducing philosophy, key concepts, methods, and current research from the field of arts in aging. Topics such as the aging process, the creative potential of older adults, how to identify community partners, and how to plan, implement, and evaluate arts programming for older adults. The objective is to expand the creative expression of older adults that is now proven to be a major contributor to healthy and positive aging.

TARGET POPULATION:

Artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage the active creative expression of older adults.

BENEFITS/OUTCOMES:

Artists learn all that is needed to engage the creative expression of the full range of older adults, from those who live independently to those who are in long term care and those with Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders. Community groups interested in supporting creative aging can suggest the NCCA course as a first step to artists and to group members interested in working with them.

PROGRAM GUIDE:

The Arts and Aging course is itself a guide to all of the dimensions of creative aging.

OTHER SUPPORT MATERIAL:

There are many relevant and useful materials about Arts and Aging ready to be downloaded from the NCCA website

COSTS/FUNDING:

No cost for users. Course developed with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Michelson Foundation, and MetLife Foundation.

PROMOTION:

Vital networking through community partners in aging, arts, and health-related services.

POLICIES FOR REPLICATING:

Those interested in taking NCCA’s Arts and Aging course will find guidelines when they register


Please complete our online Program User Form if you are interested in trying out this program and need more information. You will be contacted shortly by a member of the Pass It On Network team after you submit the completed form.