NEA Report Reveals Findings about the Arts and Health in Older Adults

An EngAGE musician shows his skills to the young.

The findings of this new report are at the core of what EngAGE does:

“Older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither.”

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts presents the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older.

Learn more and get a link to the full report here.

 

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News from NoHo: How Our Brains Work

On Thursday, Dr. Ravi Rao captivated and wowed residents at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, in North Hollywood, CA, with his exceptional presentation which explored facts about how our brains work. Intelligent discussions arose from questions posed by our curious residents and the room was filled with wonder.

In a society where we are taught to hide our emotions from an early age, Dr. Rao stressed the importance of love and compassion in our daily interactions. We found out interesting things such as that hearing and smell are located very close to the part of our brain that is connected to our emotions, whereas sight is very much separated from our emotions. We talked about how toddlers learn most of what they know in their early years through emotions, not language, and we also learned about the different emotional tribes that humans belong to:

1. the celebrating achievers

2. the ones thriving in peace and harmony

3. the nurturing mentors

4. the ones driven by imagination

5. the ones who make sure everyone is included in a situation

6. the ones who inspire

7. the ones who show gratitude to the people and world around them

8. the ones who value having fun

9. the true friends who enjoy helping their friends in need

Which tribe do you belong to?

Dr. Rao is a Los Angeles based, globally known expert in the application of emotional neuroscience to corporate environments. He has supported organizations in entertainment, retail apparel, financial services, and life sciences in making transformative change. He was trained at Johns Hopkins and the University of Virginia, and was a pediatric neurosurgery resident at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, where he received the Award for Excellence in Teaching of Surgery from Harvard Medical School in 2000.

You can learn more about Dr. Rao’s work by reading his book, Emotional Business: Inspiring Human Connectedness to Grow Earnings and the Economy.

~ Sara Debevic, Program Director

 

 

 

 

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Experience Talks 9/10: Beth Baker

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.

 

 


SUNDAY 9/10 @ 5 PM PDT
BETH BAKER
Host: CYNTHIA FRIEDLOB


Experience Talks welcomes back author BETH BAKER, a long-time freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, among them the Washington Post, Politico, Washingtonian, Ms., Preservation, and the online sites Next Avenue and Changing Aging. She has written extensively on medical research and aging issues for the AARP Bulletin and was a frequent contributor to the Washington Post Health section. She is the Features Editor of BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, where she is also a frequent contributor.

Beth first visited Experience Talks when she was promoting her book about senior housing options entitled, With a Little Help from Our Friends–Creating Community as We Grow Older (Vanderbilt University Press 2014). She also wrote, Old Age in a New Age – The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes (Vanderbilt University Press 2007). Both books tell the story of grassroots efforts to transform the experience of aging.

Visit her website for more information.

 

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News from Cotton’s Point: Yoga

Yoga has arrived at Cotton’s Point in San Clemente, CA, and the residents are beyond excited to include the class in their daily routine twice a week. Yoga instructor Mirt Norgren brings many years of yoga experience that allows her to teach proper alignment and safety. She aims to guide each student through a transformational yoga experience that leaves them feeling successful, renewed, and empowered. Residents also enjoy her playlists for the sense of peace and gentle motivation they create.

Mirt explains how the class will proceed.

Young observers (visiting social workers) enjoy watching the class.

~ Jennifer Fallon, Regional Program Director

 

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News from Piedmont: Fun and Games and Learning

Residents at Piedmont Senior Apartments in North Hollywood, CA, thanked their volunteer Poker teacher as they celebrated his final class before he returns to school at Northeastern University in Boston.

Bingo with a purpose: In the Spanish class taught by Daheli Hall, residents get engrossed playing a game of Spanish Bingo.

~ Lorraine Pope, Program Director

 

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News from Magnolia @ 9th: Crafting for the Community Cup

The Craft Class at Magnolia@9th in San Bernadino, CA,  is gearing up for the EngAGE Community Cup (formerly the EngAGE Senior Olympics). Residents are attending the class with extra enthusiasm and dedication because they have been working on the project they will present at the event on September 16th. The spirit of competition drives them: they won the Art trophy last year and now they are getting ready to win again!  They are putting in their best effort to work as a team and use their abilities to complete the project successfully. What’s the project? Well, they’re not revealing the details until the Community Cup exhibit!

~ Alma Wright, Regional Program Director

 

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Labor Day: Lewis Wickes Hine

“Lewis Hine, a New York City schoolteacher and photographer, believed that a picture could tell a powerful story. He felt so strongly about the abuse of children as workers that he quit his teaching job and became an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee.” Learn more at the National Archives: Teaching With Documents: Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor

Garment Workers, New York, NY
January 25, 1908

National Archives and Records Administration
Records of the Department of Commerce and Labor, Children’s Bureau
Record Group 102
National Archives Identifier: 523065

 

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News from Burbank Senior Artists Colony: Healthy Cooking

Program Director Megan Hocking showed residents how to use items from the Community Garden in healthy recipes. They made a Greek Turkey Meatloaf, Greek Cucumber Salad, and a Lemon Yogurt Sauce.  Residents got to taste the finished product, take some meatloaf home to freeze, and take the recipe to make on their own at home. Below are some of the residents enjoying seconds after the class was completed.

~ Megan Hocking, Program Director

 

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News from ACE/121: “Color Up” Art Show Opens 9/15

Save the Date!

“Color Up”
A Group Show

Preview Showing: Friday, September 15 from 7-10 p.m. at ACE/121

Avenue 50 Studio is partnering with the ACE/121 Gallery in Glendale for an exhibition entitled “Color Up” which will take place September 16 through October 30, 2017. Featured artists include some of our most well know and beloved artists, and many who are currently being recognized: Bobby Rojas, Heriberto Luna, Isabel Martinez, Leo Eguiarte, Margaret Garcia, Melly Troches, Peter Tovar, Ramon Ramirez, Raoul de la Sota, Roberto Gutierrez, Susanna Urquiza, Yolanda Gonzalez.

“Reflections” © 2016 Margaret Garcia – oil on wood panel, 48″ x 48″

ACE121 Gallery
121 North Kenwood
Glendale, CA 91206

~ Marshall Nalle Ayers, Program Director

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Experience Talks 9/3: The Actors’ Gang Prison Project – Sabra Williams & Chris Bingley

 

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.

 

 


SUNDAY 9/3 @ 5 PM PDT
SABRA WILLIAMS & CHRIS BINGLEY
THE ACTORS’ GANG PRISON PROJECT
Host: TIM CARPENTER


Chris Bingley and Sabra Williams

Eleven years ago, SABRA WILLIAMS, an actress at The Actors’ Gang, approached the company’s Artistic Director, Tim Robbins, about starting a prison program. And The Prison Project was born at the California Institute of Men in Chino.

The Actors Gang Prison Project now conducts weekly and seven-day-intensive workshops in eight California prisons, as well as Juvenile and Reentry programs.  In each workshop, 20-25 inmate participants work with Actors’ Gang teaching artists with the goal to unlock human potential.

 

In class with Tim Robbins

Also on the show is CHRIS BINGLEY, a participant in the Prison Project when he was incarcerated at the California Institute of Men. Chris now serves as a teaching artist for the Actors’ Gang and works at The Anti-Recidivism Coalition. Listen in as Tim Carpenter talks to Sabra Williams and Chris Bingley of The Actors’ Gang Prison Project about crime, punishment, and what might set us free.

 

 

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