TMU’s own, Jessie McCracken, celebrates one year of, Creative Aging SF, a collective of this working in the fields co/create with Rachel Main, a family support coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Today there are 70 members spanning theater, dance, art, even medical clowning, along with national aging experts like Dr. Bruce Miller, who directs the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center.
Until the alliance took shape, each organization toiled largely alone. Separately, they eyed the coming “silver tsunami” of older adults – one in five Californians will be over 65 by 2030 – who offer a very different perspective on aging than those from previous generations. They are engaged, active, even rebellious.
Creative efforts not only inspire older adults, but also family members, home caregivers, and staff members at adult day and long-term care facilities. Facilities with creative arts programs retain staff members longer by creating a more positive environment.
To read more, check out this article in California Health Report.