The Arts Health Network Canada

Each November, many arts and health organizations celebrate the global Arts Health Month with (among other things) a social media campaign using the hashtag #artshealthmonth. I hadn’t previously experienced the connective power of blogging until I read about Karen Close…

Creative Age Festival Thames Centre 2017

The next Creative Age Festival Thames Centre/Dorchester will take place during the last week of May 2017.  This festival is now in its 3rd year and enjoys strong community support from volunteers, the municipality, public library and service clubs.  Contact…

London Ontario Creative Age Writing Program with Sandy Ross

London Ontario’s Sandy Ross joined the London Creative Age Network and started offering creative writing programs through the London Public Library’s Creative Age Programs. The FREE Creative Age library programs are offered to adults 50+  in London neighbourhood library branches….

Creative Aging for Adults - Hamilton Ontario

Journal writing is one of the most popular classes in seniors’ centres and libraries. Creative writing can be therapeutic as well as a way to keep track of crucial real-time information. Aging adults can use journal writing as a way…

Three London Ontario Seniors Recognized in 2016 by Lieutenant Governor

The Senior Achievement Awards are Ontario’s highest recognition for Ontario citizens over the age of 65.  The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs Dipika Demaria presented the annual awards at Queen’s Park in…

Intergenerational Choir - Wilma Lambert Honoured

Wilma Lambert of London Ontario was honoured to receive the Ontario Seniors Achievement Award in November 2016. Wilma volunteered with the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex for 23 years. She developed the curriculum for their Generation Link program, where high school…

Creative Aging Awareness Week Canada 2017

Creative Aging Awareness Week Canada 2017 is May 22nd through May 26th.  You can get involved: Plan an event, exhibit or workshop Organize a book club Celebrate & recognize creative older adults in your community Sponsor a talent contest Help…

Arts & Aging Toolkit - Creative Age Edmonton Edition

If you’re seeking resources about conducting quality based arts programs, this is a page of interest. There are links to information on effective practices, program design and a directory of Performing and Teaching Artists in the Edmonton Alberta region.  Link…

Happy New Year 2017

Never too old to imagine!  Creative people do not see things for what they are, they see them for what they can be. Wishing you a New Year filled with new ideas, hope, joy, energy and new beginnings.  

Edmonton Geri-Actors Artist Teacher Training

There are many different types of Seniors’ Theatre including acting classes, improv, storytelling, readers’ theatre, musical theatre, social action and other social messaging productions.  Offstage, seniors also work as solo performers, playwrights, or they act in films and commercials. Many…

Local Seniors Consulted at Museum London

In November 2016, the Museum London – Centre at the Forks Research and Planning Team invited seniors to envision a creative space for programs, events and activities.  The older adults (ages 55 to 95) attended a community consultation and were…

Toronto Co Housing for Creative Aging

“shared common areas, meals, duties”  The Toronto Co Housing for Creative Aging group has had two information sessions, late October and mid-November 2016, attended by about 30 people each. Only the first meetingwas promoted; the second was made up of…

Artists' training program to enhance seniors' quality of life in London Ontario

The London Ontario Arts Council – Artists in Residence (LAIR) Program In Ontario, there are currently more than two million seniors, and this number is expected to double in the next 25 years. To prepare for this demographic shift, the…

Creative Aging in Canada

Article by Karen Close, a resident of Kelowna BC. Karen is the founder of heART Fit: A Spontaneous Process Painting Program that has run for 7 years at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. Karen is also the editor…

Creative engAGING - Cambridge Ontario

Kathy Smith will speak about her unique citizen engagement experiences with Age Friendly London and Creative Age London in London (Ontario) and the role of social media. Kathy Smith, the founder/director of the Creative Age London Network and Creative Age…

Creative EngAGING in Thunder Bay

“The idea behind the symposium is to talk about the importance of creative engagement and social involvement to overall wellbeing, not looking at art from a therapeutic perspective but from a preventative perspective when it comes to physical, emotional and…

The Creative Aging Fair at Concordia University

  In 2015, Canada met a milestone demographers have projected for decades. The population of people 65 and older is now larger than those who are 15 and younger. The demographic changes of recent years and the projections for the…

Aging Creatively in Vancouver BC

Community engaged arts programs promote health, well-being and social inclusion for seniors. The Arts and Health Project: Healthy Aging through the Arts offers seniors weekly arts workshops with a professional artist, an intern artist, and a seniors’ worker. The project…

Creative Aging in Oakville Ontario

Creative aging is about possibilities… In 2003, Pat Spadafora founded the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research in Oakville Ontario. The Centre benefits from Sheridan’s institutional strengths, the diversity of its programs and a research setting that offers a friendly and…

Creative Aging in Kelowna BC

A creative community like no other Beautiful Kelowna British Columbia in the Okanagan Valley has a vibrant arts and cultural community. On June 19th 2015, Creative Aging Awareness Day was sponsored by the Rotary Arts Centre.  The field of creative…

Creative Aging in London Ontario

The London Creative Age Network (LCAN) is a community-engaged arts success story! The network functions as a peer-led catalyst group and has operated on volunteer power since its inception in 2013. It was even earlier, in 2008, when five friends…

Creative Aging in Calgary Alberta

The Importance of Arts and Aging The Creative Aging Calgary Society was established in 2009 with a mission to advance recognition of the importance of arts and aging and to heighten awareness of the benefits of professionally conducted participatory arts and…

Creative Aging in Cambridge Ontario

Creative Aging Marketplace – Cambridge Council On Aging June 1, 2015 was the end of Creative Aging Awareness Week in Canada and the beginning of the month honouring older adults in Ontario, so it seemed most appropriate to have a Creative…

Creative Aging in Thames Centre/Dorchester Ontario

Creative Aging in Dorchester Ontario Canada