Through clear and innovative programming, active demonstration of program benefits, and equal investment in their community of teaching artists and participants, Dances for a Variable Population (DVP) has been able to build successful, lasting relationships with a variety of partner organizations. These partnerships have formed the backbone of their programming, and sustained them throughout the 15 years of their existence.
From the ELSA website:
“The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) collects data from people aged over 50 to understand all aspects of ageing in England. More than 18,000 people have taken part in the study since it started in 2002, with the same people re-interviewed every two years.
ELSA collects information on people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing, finances and attitudes around ageing and how these change over time. Data from ELSA participants informs policy across all aspects of ageing including health and social care, retirement and pensions policy, and social and civic participation.”
This article focuses on Wang Deshun, an in-demand fashion model who, at 80, walked the runway during China Fashion Week in 2015. Deshun shares how he became an overnight internet sensation in China, his dedication to exercise and why it’s never too late to try new things.
In this article, The Denver Public Library announces that it will begin running Creative Aging programs for its older adult community, funded by the NextFifty initiative, a Colorado-based private foundation dedicated to funding innovative, mission-driven initiatives that improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers.
In this article, Toder shares his experience attending two events; a convening of philanthropic, art, and community leaders, co-sponsored by Aroha Philanthropies and the Hewlett Foundation, which focused on the benefits of creative aging programs for older adults; and a lecture presented by Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, a professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, who focused on the development of several new video-type games including one that is meditation focused and another related to music by using rhythm to enhance brain function.
Engaging in creative activities can be powerful medicine for aging challenges
Older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither is one of the conclusions in a new report published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts presents the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older. Staying Engaged is based on results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), conducted by the University of Michigan with primary support from the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health.
The preservation of skeletal muscle mass and strength with advancing age are critical aspects of ageing with health and vitality. Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are known to accelerate the gradual age-related decline in muscle mass and strength-sarcopenia-however, both are subject to modification. The main purpose of this review is to present the latest, evidence-based recommendations for physical activity and exercise, as well as diet for older adults that would help in preserving muscle mass and strength.