June 10 - June 14, 2014 | Washington, DC


THE CREATIVE AGE: Exploring Potential in the Second Half of Life


To convene leaders from local to international across the sectors of aging, arts, health, and social services who are dedicated to promoting and sustaining creative expression as vital to healthy aging. This conference intends to build capacity as well as showcase creative aging programs in greater metropolitan Washington, DC.


The National Center for Creative Aging is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to developing programs that build upon this understanding. The fastest growing percentage of the US population is older adults over the age of 85 with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day.  As the demographic shift continues, the arts have grown as a promising intervention to improve quality of life, increase individual health and wellbeing, and build community connectivity for older adults. As the conversation progresses at a national and international level, the time has come for a national conference to elevate the field of creative aging through the provision of professional development to professionals working in the fields of arts, aging, and healthcare. This conference is a keystone for the framework that is currently being implemented to support this field. Out of the activities that take place over the week, NCCA will develop a number of key assets including a toolkit, white paper, monograph, national network of professionals, and more.

This Leadership Exchange and Conference is in memory of Dr. Gene D. Cohen, a leader in the field of arts and aging.  "What has been universally denied is the potential. The ultimate expression of potential is creativity," said Cohen.


The National Leadership Exchange and Conference main day will take place June 12th at Arena Stage. Attendees in arts, healthcare, education, and social services will experience a full day of breakout sessions along four tracks: health and wellness, lifelong learning, community engagement, and research and policy. Within those for tracks, attendees will be able to choose between research forums, best practice exchanges, capacity building exchanges, and experiential workshops where they’ll learn about programs and practice happening across the country and abroad.

Keynotes include those by Liz Lerman, guest artist, MacArthur Genius grant recipient, and creator of Healing Wars; Tim Carpenter, Ashoka Fellow, 2011 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award recipient, Founder and Director, EngAGE; Susan Perlstein, American Society on Aging: Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training, Founder, NCCA and Elders Share the Arts, and more.


In addition to the main conference, attendees can participate in pre and post conferences on: how to build arts and aging programs from the ground up; the tools you need to work with adults from well to those with Alzheimer’s using the arts; and the TimeSlips storytelling method.

To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/1m2OgJZ