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December 2019 engAGED Newsletter

engAGING through the Creative Arts
Participating in creative arts and art education activities can lead to better health, fewer doctor visits and reduced use of medications among older adults, so how are you helping create these creative arts opportunities in your community? More and more organizations offer creative aging and other special arts workshops for older adults, whether through public libraries, local arts councils, museums, senior/community centers or the Ys. Make sure you’re tapping into what’s going on already—and where you can add value—as well as brainstorming new partnerships you could create to bring the arts to your clients. 

See engAGED partner Lifetime Arts’ fact sheet on how to keep older adults connected to their creative side.
engAGING and Creative Programs 
Community Music Center Older Adult Choir Program

The Community Music Center Older Adult Choir Program in San Francisco, CA benefits older adults by increasing their opportunities for social engagement and cultural exchange through music. Created in 2011, this group started as a collaboration between the Community Music Center, the Richmond Neighborhood Center and the Richmond Senior Center. In partnership with 12 AAA-funded senior centers, a total of 14 Older Adult Choirs exist across the San Francisco area. The choirs sing in different languages and perform in a wide range of genres. Ready to see how you can create a choir in your community? The manual for replication of the Community Music Center Older Adult Choir Program is available online at

Campus for Creative Aging 

The Campus for Creative Aging is a one-of-a-kind virtual learning community for older adults. Based in the Region IV Area Agency on Aging and operated in collaboration with related organizations and individuals throughout southwest Michigan, the Campus is designed to reduce isolation and promote health, social connectivity and access to needed services through 12 senior centers through hands-on arts programs. And since you don’t need a physical location to create your own virtual campus, replication is that much easier! Read more about the Campus and what it could mean for your community. 

Blog Post Highlight

This month’s blog post focuses on engagement in faith-based communities: How Faith-Based Organizations can Successfully Engage Seniors. Remember to visit the engAGED blog on the first Tuesday of every month to see our latest posts. Have an idea for a future blog or want to hear more on a topic? Let us know.
engAGING articles
Creative Aging Statewide
New York State has launched a Creative Aging initiative to address social isolation. Having access to the arts helps combat social isolation and improves both physical and mental health. This pilot program was created by a partnership between the New York State Council of the Arts and the New York State Office for the Aging. The goal for this initiative is to serve up to 500 older adults through? Twelve senior centers.
Making their Own Music
Fueled by the desire to hear songs that resonate with them, Alan R. Tripp, 102, and Marvin Weisbord, 88, recorded an album. The pair started collaborating when Weisbord wrote music for one of Tripp’s poems and the partnership took off from there! Not only did they both get to use their creative talents, but the album was a hit in their community, selling out its first run! 
About engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults
engAGED is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, and is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with support from Generations United, Lifetime Arts, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and Osher Institutes for Lifelong Learning. engAGED will highlight information about emerging trends, resources, and ways the Aging Network can implement similar programs in their communities, and will develop a national strategy for educating and informing the Aging Network about innovative ways to keep older adults connected to their communities.
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