Campus of Wellness and Care Demonstration Follow-Up

Last November, EngAGE CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter spoke on “The Art of Active Aging” at Kensington Village for the Shepherd’s Care Foundation‘s Campus of Wellness and Care Demonstration Project. The CWCDP is testing an innovation in real circumstances with real people at the Kensington Village Campus  – Shepherd’s Care Foundation in Edmonton, AB. They are evolving understandings of how to work with the independent, oldest seniors living in congregate settings, and create with them environments that promote their health and wellbeing.

Extensive follow-up is now available. There are five PDF briefing notes:

1 – Data-Informed Health Promotion with Our Oldest Seniors

2 – Active Aging: Longevity Worth Living

3 – The Importance of Relationships in Independent Living

4 – Data Collection with Older Adults

5 – Housing/Home for Older Adults

Briefing Note 5 highlights factors that determine a senior’s success in living independently and includes the perspectives of Tim Carpenter.

(FYI: All notes indicate Kelly Deis is the contact person. As the project is coming to a close the end of June, it is best that people contact Laura Haugen, who is the site administrator at Kensington Village.)


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Experience Talks 6/25: Russell Banks


Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.


Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.



JUNE 25, 2017 @ 5 PM PDT
with host

RUSSELL BANKS grew up in a working-class world that has played a major role in shaping his writing. Through a dozen novels and short story collections that have won him Guggenheim and NEA grants and a St. Lawrence Prize for fiction, Banks has made a life’s work of charting the causes and effects of the terrible things “normal” men can and will do. He writes with an intensely focused empathy and a compassionate sense of humor that help to keep readers, if not his characters, afloat through the misadventures and outright tragedies in his books.

A prolific writer of fiction, Russell Banks’s titles include The DarlingThe Sweet HereafterCloudsplitterRule of the BoneAfflictionLost Memory of Skin, and a collection of short stories titled A Permanent Member of the Family. He is also the author of Dreaming Up America, an American edition of his nonfiction book of essays. His most recent book is a memoir titled Voyager.

His novels, Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter, were adapted into feature films which received widespread critical acclaim: James Coburn won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Nick Nolte was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for their roles in “Affliction;” “The Sweet Hereafter” won three awards, including the Grand Prix and the International Critics Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

Included among the numerous honors and awards Russell Banks has received are the Ingram Merrill Award, the John Dos Passos Award, and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were Pulitzer Prize finalists; AfflictionCloudsplitter and Lost Memory of Skin were PEN/Faulkner Finalists. Lost Memory of Skin was a Finalist for the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Learn more here.

This interview was originally broadcast in 2011.


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News from Metro@Chinatown: Art Show Reception

Please join us for our very first Art Show at this community!


This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


~ Sandra Vargas, Regional Program Director


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Tim Carpenter to Speak at 2017 Chorus America Conference

EngAGE CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter will speak at the Chorus America Conference on June 22nd. He’ll be leading the breakout session entitled, “Creative Aging and Choruses,” in which he’ll discuss the many social and health benefits that are gained by older people who sing in choruses.

Learn more about the conference here. Online registration is closed, but you can still register onsite at the Conference. Check the schedule for Registration hours.

Chorus America is the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization for choruses, choral leaders, and singers.


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Bank of America Awards $10,000 Grant To EngAGE’s Wellness: Hunger Relief Program

Bank of America recently awarded EngAGE a $10,000 grant to help fund the EngAGE in Wellness: Hunger Relief program, which partners with several large Southern California food banks to provide onsite delivery of several tons of free food each month to thousands of low-income residents living in 36 affordable apartment communities in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties.

Two significant problems facing seniors and others in accessing food banks are that the packaging of food is too bulky and the pick-up locations are unreachable for some populations. We staff the Wellness Program to solve these problems. Trucks pick up the food; parcel it into bi-monthly, usable packages; and arrange delivery to our senior and family apartment communities. Then, each month, EngAGE delivers and distributes 26,870 lbs. of free food to our participating residents —that’s 322,440 lbs. of food a year!

Through the years, EngAGE has also created and supervised on-site vegetable gardens in 14 communities we serve. Residents often prepare communal meals using produce from the community garden, and cooking/nutrition classes offered by EngAGE also typically incorporate produce from the community gardens.

In addition to providing access to and assistance growing food, EngAGE provides free onsite wellness classes weekly, teaching low-income residents how to prepare healthy meals, engage in congregate cooking onsite, practice better nutrition behaviors (including financial planning and literacy in relation to grocery shopping), and retain their health and independence. We also offer classes in exercise, strength building, fall prevention, health education, medication management, and others that empower residents to take on healthy behaviors that keep them in independent affordable housing and out of higher levels of care.

The EngAGE in Wellness program also provides needs-based onsite staff services, such as applications for discount utilities and financial assistance programs, health access, transportation, financial literacy education, and computer literacy, creating better financial stability and health for a very underserved population.

It’s estimated that 1 in 6 Americans are at risk of going hungry, and many seniors and working families are struggling to address other basic needs. EngAGE is excited to put this Bank of America grant to work by supporting vital needs in our community.


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Profiles: Tony Bennett

“Profiles” is an EngAGE Blog category devoted to occasional posts about older people who have made a significant creative impact in our world. Today’s subject: TONY BENNETT.

From Rolling Stone:

The Library of Congress announced on Tuesday that Tony Bennett will receive the next Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award, named in honor of George and Ira Gerswhin, celebrates artists for “promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding, entertaining and informing audiences, and inspiring new generations.” . . . Bennett, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, has released charting albums in seven different decades. He’s also won 19 Grammys, including Album of the Year for 1995’s MTV Unplugged and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He still records regularly, hitting Number One on the Billboard Albums Chart with “Cheek to Cheek,” a 2014 duets record with Lady Gaga, and following that with “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern” in 2015.

If you’re in New York, you can see an exhibit of forty pieces of Tony Bennett’s art grouped into themes Tony has pursued over years–his love of Manhattan, his world travels, and his salute to fellow musicians–along with highlights of his extraordinary career as captured on TV. Show runs through July 9th. The Paley Center also will be presenting a free screening of “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come” each Saturday during the exhibit at 4:00 pm. More info here.


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News from Long Beach Senior Artists Colony: Readers Theatre Company Concludes 5th Season

On June 15th, the Readers Theatre Company produced a special event that celebrated the conclusion of their 5th season at the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony. Under the direction of resident Barbara Fay, the 10-member cast performed, “It’s Always About the Money, Honey,” to a standing-room-only crowd of residents and invited guests. The production was further enhanced by residents providing beautiful floral centerpieces, creative stage décor, and cast photography. Residents enjoyed a Celebration Reception prior to the show and were treated to a delicious assortment of appetizers, desserts, and beverages.  We applaud this theatrical troupe for 5 memorable seasons of entertaining Readers Theatre productions!


This performance was supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.



~ Helene Weinberg, Program Director


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Tim Carpenter to Speak at Denver Center for Conscious Aging Event: Creative Living in Low-Income Housing



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News from Burbank Senior Artists Colony: First Harvest from the Garden

The gardeners were too shy to be in front of the camera, but they were quite proud of their beautiful, delicious harvest!

~ Megan Hocking, Program Director


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Tim Carpenter to Speak in Portland, OR, at Beyond the Aging Network: A Roundtable Conversation on the Future of Aging





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