News from Casa Bonita: Hand-Crafting for Valentine’s Day

Artistic residents at Casa Bonita Senior Apartments in Huntington Park, CA, created two different Valentine’s Day art projects. For the first project, they painted puzzle pieces, then glued them on a foam heart shape and framed it. For the second project, residents painted wooden frames with different color paints, then decorated the frames with sparkling rhinestones. Some lucky Valentines must have been very happy to receive these!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Sandra Vargas, Regional Program Director

 

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News from San Antonio Gardens: Jewelry

Residents of San Antonio Gardens Senior Apartments in Norwalk, CA,  model their high fashion bracelets from the Jewelry Making Class.

~Essence Parker, Regional Program Director

 

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Profiles: Composer John Kander

“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: JOHN KANDER.

JOHN KANDER, who celebrates his 90th birthday on March 18th, is the composer half of the legendary, Tony-winning  songwriting team, Kander and Ebb. They created the scores for the Broadway musicals Cabaret, Woman of the Year, The Act, Chicago, and others, as well as numerous songs for stage and film, including “New York, New York,” the hit by Frank Sinatra that’s the unofficial anthem of the city.

Producers of the long-running, Tony-winning revival of Chicago announced that the record-breaking production will celebrate Kander’s 90th birthday at the March 21 performance at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). That evening’s show will feature surprise appearances and special performances for Kander, who will be present.

Partner Fred Ebb passed away in 2004, but Kander continues to work. He’s currently represented Off-Broadway with his 2015 musical with Greg Pierce, Kid Victory, a musical study of a brutal kidnapping and its aftermath.

Learn more about John Kander at the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and read/listen to his interview today that celebrates his birthday on “Fresh Air.”

 

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Experience Talks 3/19: Bill Thomas, MD

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.

 


MARCH 19, 2017 @ 5 PMPT
BILL THOMAS, MD
with host TIM CARPENTER


DR. BILL THOMAS is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer, and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) and The Green House Project, both of which work to improve the care provided to older people. Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders.

Dr. Thomas starred in the 2014 Sundance award-winning documentary, Alive Inside, “a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.” He has been traveling the country since 2014 starring in what he calls his Age of Disruption Tour, a “nonfiction theater performance” that has played in over 80 cities. He describes it as kind of like a TED Talk on steroids. Experience Talks host Tim Carpenter appeared as part of the first tour when it played in Portland and Los Angeles. You can follow Dr. Thomas online at his ChangingAging.org blog and learn more at his website.

In this program from our 2012 Audio Archives, host Tim Carpenter talks with Bill Thomas about his career and his novel, Tribes of Eden.

 

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News from Tavarua: Prepping for the Annual Art Show

We posted last week about the upcoming Annual Art Show at Tavarua Senior Apartments in Carlsbad, CA, on March 20th from 4 to 6 p.m. But it’s not only art preparation that’s keeping the residents busy; they’re also creating beautiful table centerpieces using succulents. Join us on the 20th and see them — and the art show — in person!

~ Tracy Freeburg, Program Assistant

 

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Helpful Income Tax Information

The tips in this article from the National Council on Aging were developed by the Senate Special Committee on Aging to help older people with filing their tax returns this year. Find out if your Social Security income is taxable, if you should itemize your medical expenses, and where you can get free or low-cost help filing your taxes. ~ This year’s filing date is extended to April 18th, plus residents of Maine and Massachusetts get an extra day, making their deadline the 19th. Click here to find out why.

Also, beware of tax scams! Read this informative post from NextAvenue and remember that if you have any questions concerning a request for payment of taxes, you can contact your local IRS office to find out if the request is legitimate.

 

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Save the Date – Saturday, 4/8: Join Us for the EngAGE in Creativity Annual Party for the Arts!

You’re invited! Join us and share the fun!

Great ’60s and ’70s music by The Blue Links!

We hope to see you at the party!

 

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“The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” – Watch the Video Now!

EngAGE was proud to present “The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” on Sunday, 3/12, on our Experience Talks radio show on 90.7 KPFK-FM. Now we’re delighted to be able to share with you this video of the complete performance!

Recorded live in Minneapolis, MN, this is the culminating performance of a unique story-telling class for seniors, created as a collaboration between EngAGE, CommonBond Communities, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Hippocrates Café, and Aroha Philanthropies. The 12-week class was taught at Riverview Senior Housing by T. Mychael Rambo, a regional Emmy Award-winning actor, vocalist, arts educator, and community organizer.

“The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” was co-directed by Pillsbury House + Theatre’s Faye Price, and instructor T. Mychael Rambo. Dr. Jon Hallberg of the Hippocrates Café served as host of the event. Actors (including instructor T. Mychael) were called in to perform the pieces created by students who declined to appear on-stage. ~ Enjoy!

Artfully Aging Radio Hour from Colby Film on Vimeo.

 

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Experience Talks Special Event – Sunday 3/12: “The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” from Minneapolis

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.

 


MARCH 12, 2017 @ 5 PM PT
A SPECIAL EVENT!
“THE ARTFULLY AGING RADIO HOUR”
Recorded Live in Minneapolis, MN


“The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” performers on stage at Pillsbury House + Theatre in Minneapolis.

“The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” is the culminating performance of a unique story-telling class for seniors, created as a collaboration between EngAGE, CommonBond Communities, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Hippocrates Café, and Aroha Philanthropies.

Click here for a 3-minute video preview!


Teaching Artist T. Mychael Rambo

“The Power of Storytelling” was the first program offered by EngAGE in Minnesota, in partnership with CommonBond Communities at the Riverview Senior Apartments in Minneapolis. The class explored the power of personal storytelling and was taught by T. Mychael Rambo, a regional Emmy Award-winning actor, vocalist, arts educator, and community organizer. This collaboration at Riverview Senior Housing centered around the premise that embracing a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging can be extremely beneficial to the health and well-being of seniors – specifically by providing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, and intergenerational programs to seniors living in affordable apartment communities.

Actor Shawn Judge

The class, held over 12 weeks, worked toward producing two performances to be recorded for radio broadcast/podcast and performed before a live audience. The resultant shows featured storytelling pieces crafted during the class, with seniors sharing their valuable lifelong personal experiences. Actors (including instructor T. Mychael) were called in to perform the pieces created by students who declined to appear on-stage.

Host Dr. Jon Hallberg

“The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” was co-directed by Pillsbury House + Theatre’s Faye Price, and instructor T. Mychael Rambo. Dr. Jon Hallberg of the Hippocrates Café served as host of the event.


EngAGE is a non-profit that transforms aging and the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of wellness and creativity. It provides arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building, and intergenerational programs to senior and family apartment communities in Southern California; Portland, OR; and now in Minneapolis, MN.

Experience Talks is a weekly public radio program that shares and celebrates the experiences of older people.

CommonBond Communities, the Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with services, has served the region for over 40 years. It is considered a national leader and innovator in the affordable housing and community development field.

Pillsbury House + Theatre is a popular venue that attracts local and national attention as a model for arts-based community development, bridging the non-profit theatre world and the human service world.

Hippocrates Cafe uses actors and musicians to create performances that explore health care topics through story and song.

Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55.

 

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Older Drivers: When Is It Time to Give Up Your Keys?

As this post from NextAvenue states, “Physical changes can compromise safety, but a car means independence.” Interesting statistics are presented here, and plenty of food for thought.

But when is it time to give up your keys? AARP has a list of warning signs that indicate unsafe driving. What do you think?

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