Established in 2009:
The Creative Aging Calgary Society strives to advance recognition of the importance of arts and aging and to heighten awareness of the benefits of professionally conducted participatory arts and aging programs. In so doing, we reach out to many stakeholders – older adults, senior-serving agencies, artisans, researchers, elected officials, funders, change-leaders and policy makers.
Vibrant and positive aging
To increase awareness of the positive impact that arts participation can have on older adults
• Increasing opportunities for arts participation
• Building capacity for social inclusion
• Individual and collective growth
• Evidence-informed practices
• Cutting-edge learning opportunities
• Strength of community collaboration
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As a leader in promoting vibrant and positive aging, our mission is to increase awareness of the positive impact that arts participation can have for older adults.
The process of aging is a profound experience marked by increasing physical and emotional change and a heightened search for meaning and purpose. Creative expression is important for older people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of economic status, age, or level of physical, emotional, or cognitive functioning. The arts can serve as a powerful way to engage elders in a creative and healing process of self-expression, enhancing both individual and community quality of life.
Positive aging is a strategy to maximize the quality of life and well-being of seniors. CACS purports the vital relationship between creative expression and quality of life for older adults.
Creative expression is the ability to express ideas and emotions in artful ways that would include but is not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, singing, music and movement, dance, writing, storytelling, drama, cooking.
– Pat Spadafora, Sheridan Elder Research Centre
sense of control, empowerment and mastery
positive attitude and zest for life
enhanced cognitive and physical function
health promotion; reduced risk factors for disease and disability
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2015-2016
Secretary, Zabin Jadavji
Webmaster, Elaine Danelesko
Call for Board Members We are seeking new board members to assist the Society in achieving its vision, mission and priorities.
Volunteers Needed for project work – Creative Expression Profile Editor to support our quarterly newsletter;
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