Creativity is a new paradigm for aging that articulates the idea of seeing older people for their potential rather than their problems. In later life, creativity strengthens morale, enhances physical health and enriches relationships. Creative engagement also constitutes the greatest legacy older people can leave their children, grandchildren, and society as a whole. Older people have functioned historically as keepers of culture who pass on the history and values of a community to the next generation. Therefore, creativity develops culture; and, culture builds and sustaians community life through the positive engagement of older people in the arts.
Learning goals for the creativity discussions at this conference included:
1. Gaining new perspectives on the role of creativity in program development for older adults in lifelong learning; health and wellness; and, civic engagement.
2. Learning about model programs and effective practices in creative aging which are evidence based across the spectrum of aging service and various arts disciplines including but not limited to visual arts, drama, music, dance and literature.
3. Examining the role of the older artists in contemporary society as models for successful aging--inluding but not limited to professional artists (those whose primary earned income has come from arts making), folk artists (self-trained usually late in life artists from the outsider arts traditions.
2013 CONFERENCE ON POSITIVE AGING: PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Say ‘Yes’ to Tango: A Conversation about Creative Aging by Lola Fraknoi
Save My Place: A Performance Piece on Dying by Dori Gillam
Nimble Minds, Nimble Bodies: Exploring How the Creative Arts Contribute to Lifelong Human Development, Health, and Quality of Life by Michael Patterson
The Art of Aging by Richard and Alice Matzkin
Visionaries Have Wrinkles: Serving the Generation Who Will Change the World by Karen Sands
The Courage to be Brilliant: How to Aging with Courage, Wisdom and Grace by Marta Monahan