Generations

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring

Arts in Dementia Care: 'This Is Not the End. It's the End of This Chapter'
Using art to reconnect with others-and oneself.I'd been visiting Martha for weeks, hut nothing much had come of it. I talked; she stared out the window. She didn't seem upset, but I didn't think she was really listening. I thought she was simply enjoying...
As the Pendulum Swings: A Historical Review of the Politics and Policies of the Arts and Aging
Public support for the arts has remained high. Where is the money?In reading this issue of Generations, one message rings out loud and dear: Creative expression during the later stages of life not only enhances health and well-being for the individual...
Building Intergenerational Bonds through the Arts
A powerful medium.One of humankind's defining traits is intergenerational interdependence. As newborns, people are utterly dependent on the care and instruction of parents, and thus begins our unspoken social compact with other generations. As children,...
Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts
Reflections," "Impressions," "My Story," "Explorations," "Meditations in Paint." These are the titles of five different exhibitions currently at galleries managed by the Institute on Aging's Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts (CEYA) program in San...
Creative Expression and Quality of Life: A Vital Relationship for Elders
IntroductionCreativity has always been at the heart of our experience as human beings. Throughout the lifespan, creativity is our partner as we adapt to new environments, cope with life itself, and express ourselves along the way. This need tor creativity...
Creativity and Coping in Later Life
Pathways to managing pain.I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me-so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to...
Elders Share the Arts: Transforming Memory into Art
I had the experience hut missed the meaning" wrote T.S. Eliot in The Four Quartets. The work of Elders Share the Arts is all about reflection and revelation: looking at the experience of one's life and rinding its story. It is ahout discovering the beginnings,...
Focus on Creativity and Aging in the United States
Recommendations to policy makers on arts in healthcare and on lifelong learning and community.In 1961, the first White House Conference on Aging took place. That gathering set the stage for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act of 1965. Thereafter,...
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange: Superheroes and Everyday Dancers, Old and Young
Over the past thirty years, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange has touched thousands of lives and won acclaim for many reasons, among them an intergenerational approach to dance, which in fact inspired the founding of the company. In my twelve years on the start,...
Our Guest Editor
The surprising effects that the arts can have in the lives of older people are compellingly presented by this issue's lineup of authors from the field of aging and from the arts, from healthcare and public policy. The growing appreciation of this potential-and...
Personal Archives: Why Professional Artists Work with Elders
One man's conversation with his grandmother.In this article, I will outline my purposes and methods as a professional artist working with older people. I begin with the story of my grandmother, for our relationship informs my current work with elders.AN...
Promoting Self-Expression through Art Therapy
The goal is to help elders recognize the strengths they have.When you are young, you have the courage of innocence. In middle age, you tend to become a little pedestrian and cautious. In old age, you have the courage of experience.-Edith Kramer, Childhood...
Research on Creativity and Aging: The Positive Impact of the Arts on Health and Illness
The first national longitudinal study is a milestone for quality of later life.Since the mid 1970s, we have witnessed two major sea changes in how we think about and understand aging (Cohen, 2005) both of which have had a significant impact on research...
Resources on Aging and the Arts
The following is a list of useful resources that focus on or provide important information about creativity and aging. It is by no means comprehensive, but rather serves as a starting point for exploring this topic.Americans for the Artswww.artsusa.orgAmericans...
Stagebridge: The Magic of Theater with Real Older Actors
In ancient times, roving troubadours, actors, and storytellers traveled the land. When they came upon groups of people, they unfurled their rug and performed their plays. Time stopped and the audiences were transfixed in magical, timeless, unforgettable...
The Grand Generation: Folklore and the Culture of Aging
The older artist often reaches back into his youth to the old people he knew then.The field of folklore has been built from the memories of older people. Folklorists have long collaborated with the "grand generation" to fix in writing-and more recently...
Toward a Creative Culture: Lifelong Learning through the Arts
Dancing the Tango us neurobiological rehabilitation.Old age is full of death and full of life. It is a tolerable achievement and it is a disaster. It transcends desire and it taunts it. It is long enough and far from long enough.-Ronald BlytheWhat are...
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