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Arts and Aging Toolkit

National Center for Creative Aging & The National Guild for Community Arts Education & New Jersey Performing Art Center

About this toolkit: Designed for the arts and aging services fields, this resource explains why and how older adults benefit from participating in professionally conducted community arts programs and offers detailed advice and examples on program design, implementation, and evaluation.

Teaching Artist Training

National Center for Creative Aging

About this toolkit: The training covers topics such as the aging process, the creative potential of older adults, and how to identify community partners in aging, arts, and health-related services. It also provides information on how to adapt instructional techniques for different populations of older adults, from those who live independently to those who are in long term care and those with Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders. Lastly, it provides guidance on how to plan, implement, and evaluate arts programming for older populations.

Meet Me at MoMA

Museum of Modern Art

About this toolkit: This guide details how to plan and facilitate a program for individuals with dementia and their care partners in a museum setting.

Creating a Living Legacy 

Joan Mitchell Foundation 

About this toolkit: The toolkit is an initiative of the Joan Mitchell Foundation and is designed to provide support to older artists in the areas of studio organization, archiving, and inventory management.  

Creative Aging Toolkit for Libraries

Lifetime Arts

About this toolkit: is a free, online resource for librarians and provides information and practical advice for the planning and implementation of creative aging programs in public libraries.  

Gaining Momentum 

Frameworks Institute

About this toolkit: is a communications toolkit that provides tools and models on how to communicate about growing older.

Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Older Adults

American Art Therapy Association

About this toolkit: Art therapy promotes well-being at every age. Active older adults relax, explore, share, and enjoy art therapy’s creative and social aspects … it is rewarding, appealing, and fun! For older adults, art therapy helps individuals cope with complex age related issues including mental and physical illness or limitation, lifestyle transition, end-of-life decisions, grief, expression, and communication.