Selected Blogs & Columns

This page offers links to selected blogs and columns that focus on creative aging and related disciplines.

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Booming (NYT)

About this section of The New York Times:
“Booming is a section about baby boomers — the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964. Besides news and information useful to this generation, you’ll find essays by boomers and by their children. You’ll find debates about books, new music to embrace and some secrets to enduring love. The wide-ranging conversation will be led by Michael Winerip, who has covered education, parenting, politics and his fellow boomers.”

Creativity, Arts and Older People

About this blog:
“David Slater is Director of UK participatory arts company Entelechy Arts. He has been awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship this year to learn from arts programmes working with older people in the USA. He has a particular interest in programmes that are working with older, old people supporting them to connect and contribute to the cultural life of their communities. The blog will be an excuse to reflect on new learnings and to weave experiences drawn from projects and programmes initiated in the last thirty-five years.”

Engaged Aging (EngAGE)

About this blog:
“EngAGE transforms aging and the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity.”

Forget Memory by Anne Davis Basting

About this blog:
“Memory loss can be one of the most terrifying aspects of a diagnosis of dementia. Yet the fear and dread of losing our memory make the experience of the disease worse than it needs to be, according to cultural critic and playwright Anne Davis Basting. She says, Forget memory. Basting emphasizes the importance of activities that focus on the present to improve the lives of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias…Bold, optimistic, and innovative, Basting’s cultural critique of dementia care offers a vision for how we can change the way we think about and care for people with memory loss.”

Middle Mojo by Joan Anderman

About this blog:
“This is a place to talk about creativity and aging. It’s an inquiry and an odyssey, and a chronicle of both. I want to understand what happens to creative artists over time and explore what happens when older people become creative. (Disclaimer: I’m not here to celebrate the benefits of art class or dispense tips for getting in touch with your muse. These are virtuous pursuits. They’re just not mine.)…Middle Mojo plumbs a time of life, one that’s ripe and unsettling. For me it’s a straddling act: one foot planted in unfettered youth, the other poised to step into the abyss. The view is sweeping. Have a look.”

Next Avenue (PBS)

About this blog:
“America is in the midst of an age boom and with it, an amazing transition. In general, those of us over the age of 50 are expected to live longer than any previous generation…Enter Next Avenue. We’re a group of public television people and journalists who, for the most part, are experiencing the very same things you are. Like you, we see both challenges and opportunities and we recognize that what we could all use right about now is an abundance of reliable information that can help us figure out what’s, well, next.”

This Chair RocksYo, Is this Ageist? by Ashton Applewhite

About these blogs:
“I’m interested in why Americans are so ambivalent about longer lives. I was too, until I started interviewing people over 80 and learning about longevity. It turns out that the vast majority of Americans over 65 live independently. That the older people get, the less afraid they are of dying. That people are happiest at the beginnings and the ends of their lives.

So why do so many of us unthinkingly assume that aging equals a grim slide into depression, diapers, and dementia? That 20th century’s astonishing leap in life expectancy is a disaster-in-the making? Underlying all the hand-wringing, I realized, was ageism: the relegation of older people to second-class citizenship—ignored, invisible, insulted. Unlike racism and sexism, ageism has barely bleeped onto our radar. And it affects everyone.”