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Carnegie Museum of Art opens doors early for visitors 55 and over with Mindful Museum

Mindful Museum at the Carnegie Museum of Art gives visitors over age 55 access to early morning programming on Wednesdays. The monthly agenda  includes art paths with meditation stops, …

“AgeTech” companies court digital seniors

As the pandemic has coaxed older people to get more nimble with technology, tech companies are increasingly catering to their needs. Why it matters: For seniors, learning to shop online, …

Beijing takes lead in ‘banking’ time for elderly amid growing demographic dilemma

After more than 30 years of implementing its one-child policy, China finds itself with too many elders to care for and fewer caregivers to provide it. Now Beijing is leading in creative …

Join the Conversation: Creative Aging and the Future of Museums

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. How can museums embrace the ‘Aging Revolution’ with purpose and intentionality? Learn from four museums …

Call it virtual assisted living: Seniors can stay in their own homes longer thanks to these pandemic hacks

During the pandemic, families have effectively hacked an entirely new option to senior housing — virtual assisted living. Nearly everything from online groceries, to delivery of …

How Smithsonian Associates Reimagined Its Music Programs for Older Adults during the Pandemic

In 2019, Smithsonian Associates—the largest museum-based education program in the world—had the opportunity to launch a popular music program designed for those fifty-five and older thanks …

Where you live may protect you from dementia

A trio of studies shows that urban and suburban neighborhoods that provide opportunities for socialization, physical activity, and intellectual stimulation may help preserve older …

Creating Connections: Merging Lifelong Learning and Music Therapy

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, celebrates music and world cultures through a multisensory experience—where guests can “travel” the globe through the sights and …

Crowdsourced Resources on Museums & Creative Aging

IMHO, the best thing about webinars—a feature not replicated by live events—is the chat room. Chat offers the thrill of passing notes in class, but with the explicit validation of the …

These Older Workers Hadn’t Planned To Retire So Soon. The Pandemic Sped Things Up

Roughly 2 million more people than expected have joined the ranks of the retired during the pandemic, according to The New School's Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. While …

Why Ageism And Ableism Should Be Front And Center In Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Strategy

In the past year, companies created more roles for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion than ever before. That's good because the root causes of inequities are complicated, and it takes …

Grooving With the Mardi Gras Indians

The Louisiana State Museum hosted an online, six-week creative aging workshop for older audiences in conjunction with Mystery in Motion: African American Masking and Spirituality in …

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