Creativity and Aging Resources

Local Resources

Beverly Arts Center of Chicago – Chicago, IL
We offer classes for older adults in fitness – pilates and tai chi, in music – piano, singing, violin, guitar, harmonica.  All of our art classes are senior friendly including drawing, painting, jewelry making, glass fusing and ceramics.  We also offer computer classes for seniors and ballroom dance classes.
Center for Creative Aging at Harold Washington College – Chicago, IL
The City Colleges of Chicago Center for Creative Aging at Harold Washington College provides dynamic, affordable programs for late middle-aged Chicagoans seeking meaningful, generative lives and for business and community leaders and professionals interested in gifted, mature adults as a resource to enrich the City of Chicago and its neighborhoods.
Center on Halsted’s  SAGE Program – Chicago, IL
Center on Halsted’s SAGE program provides an array of programs and services for LGBT community members over the age of 55 including a drama troupe, art studio, “spin, hook and needle”, choir, creative writing and much more.
CJE Senior Life – Chicago, Evanston, Skokie & Deerfield, IL
CJE SeniorLife serves older clients in the Chicagoland area with its wide range of social services, health care programs and residential options.  Creative programming and creative arts therapies are woven throughout their various programs.  The Culture Bus™ program consists of a social and cultural outing every other week and offers programming emphasizing engagement in the creative, expressive arts.  CJE also operates Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation offering intermediate and skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, a dementia special care unit, hospice and respite care.  Creative recreational programs are offered daily.  Additionally, Lieberman offers daily creative recreational programs and a Creative Arts Therapy Program that is overseen by a full-time art therapist and full-time music therapist.
North Shore Dance Therapy – Mobile service in the Chicagoland area
Erica Hornthal, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT North Shore Dance Therapy (NSDT) provides holistic body-based therapy and counseling services to older adults and their families.  Dance/movement therapy is a holistic body-based approach to psychotherapy that treats the body, mind, and spirit to integrate the individual and is a great alternative to traditional talk therapy. NSDT provides counseling for all emotional issues that older adults may face, but specializes in coping with dementia and, more specifically, Alzheimer’s.  
Renaissance Court Senior Center – Chicago, IL
Renaissance Court is an award-winning senior center which presents a variety of enriching and enjoyable cultural, educational, health, and fitness programs for adults age 55 & older.  It offers an opportunity to renew past interests, learn new skills, and make new friends.  The focus of the programming is on the arts: the visual and performing arts, literature, music, and more make up the core of many high quality classes and events.
Senior Artists Network – Chicago, IL
Senior Artists Network (SAN) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization committed to promoting and fostering the talents of Chicago-area artists age 50 or older.
Time of Your Life Players – Chicago, IL
A senior theater productions troupe of actors age 55 and upward, Time of Your Life Players creates and performs original, comedic musical theater in Chicago.

National Resources

The Center on Aging, Health and Humanities – Washington DC
The Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at the George Washington University in Washington, DC has been very active in establishing new programs and research focused on understanding, studying and promoting creativity that accompanies aging.
Meet Me at MoMA – NYC
MoMA’s Alzheimer’s Project:  Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia
National Center for Creative Aging – Washington DC
The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and the quality of life of older people.
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: The Creativity and Parkinson’s Project
The Creativity and Parkinson’s Project exists to explore, support and encourage the therapeutic value of creativity in Parkinson’s.

Professional Organizations

American Dance Therapy Association
ADTA promotes the use of dance and movement as powerful tools for mental and emotional health. ADTA maintains high standards for education, training, and professional practice for dance/movement therapists.
Illinois Art Therapy Association
The Illinois Art Therapy Association (IATA) is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing.  It was established in 1974 so art therapists, art therapy students, and other interested professionals could gather to exchange information and expertise concerning the therapeutic use of art.
Illinois Music Therapy Association
The Illinois Association for Music Therapy (IAMT) is a chapter of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). IAMT promotes the advancement of Music Therapy as a professional discipline in the state of Illinois through public education and advocacy. IAMT provides professional development and continuing education opportunities for all of its members and offers resources for the community to access quality Music Therapy services provided by a qualified and credentialed professional.