Nationally Recognized Creative Aging Organizations

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP) is to facilitate the creativity of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders. APP conducts workshops for people navigating memory loss.
http://www.alzpoetry.com

Dance for PD
The Dance for PD® program is built on one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm.
http://danceforparkinsons.org

Dance Exchange
Dance Exchange is an intergenerational company of artists that creates dance and engages people in making art. They serve as an incubator for creative research bringing ideas to action through collaborations that range from experts in the field of dance to unexpected movers and makers.
http://danceexchange.org

Elders Share the Arts
Elders Share the Arts (ESTA) offers older adults rigorous arts programming that ignites creative expression, cultivates their role as bearers of history and culture, and generates new pathways to connect them to their communities.

http://www.estanyc.org

EngAGE Aging

EngAGE creates community and changes lives by transforming affordable senior and multigenerational housing projects into vibrant centers of learning, wellness, and creativity.
http://www.engagedaging,org

Kairos Alive
Kairos Alive is an unusual and unique dance company of all different ages (7-98 years). They have created an award winning program called KAIROS Dancing Heart™ which vitally engages frail elders, including those with mid-to-late stage Alzheimer’s, in a weekly dance and storytelling playshop that has shown to positively improve the health of participants.
http://kairosalive.org

Lifetime Arts
Founded in 2008, Lifetime Arts is a nonprofit arts service organization that offers a positive, modern, artistic and social lens through which to serve, inspire and engage America’s growing population of older adults.
http://www.lifetimearts.org

Opening Minds Through Art
Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people living with neurocognitive disorders including memory loss based at the Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University. The program is aimed at promoting the social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with memory loss through creative self-expression.
http://www.scrippsoma.org

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
At present, the Foundation supports 119 lifelong learning programs on university and college campuses across the country, with at least one grantee in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Foundation also supports a National Resource Center for Osher Institutes which is located at Northwestern University.
http://www.osherfoundation.org/

Songwriting Works
The Songwriting Works™ (SW) Educational Foundation serves communities of adults 60 and over, families, and healthcare and arts practitioners each year by conducting hands-on songwriting workshops, music empowerment groups, and artist-in-residence programs in healthcare, classroom, and community settings.
http://www.songwritingworks.org

Stagebridge
Stagebridge Based in Oakland, California, is the nation’s oldest and most renowned theatre company of older adults. Founded in 1978, the company’s mission is to transform the lives of older adults and their communities through the performing arts. Stagebridge accomplishes this with award-winning Creative Aging programs that offer opportunities for lifelong learning and participation in the performing arts.
http://stagebridge.org

Timeslips
Timeslips Offers an elegantly simple revolution in long-term care – a clear shift from “managing behaviors” toward engaging individuals and building community. In an age when medicine offers few treatments for dementia, TimeSlips provides hope by opening avenues for meaningful communication and connection.
http://www.timeslips.org