Programs for 55+ Shifting from “Needy” to “Engaging”


Read the interview with Maura O’Malley

For the second time in a year, Preserving Your Memory magazine, a publication of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, has profiled Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging in Libraries Project sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

“With this new set of creative aging programs, MetLife Foundation is helping us share Lifetime Arts’ successful program model with major library systems beyond New York and helping shift ‘senior’ programming from passive entertainment to engaged learning,” says Ed Friedman, Executive Director of Lifetime Arts.

The article, in which Lifetime Arts Co-Founder & President/CEO Maura O’Malley, is interviewed, chronicles:

  • The national expansion of the MetLife Creative Aging in Libraries Project to 18 libraries outside of New York State
  • Further proposed expansion in partnership with ALA and AARP Foundation
  • The creation of a Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network of libraries
  • Lifetime Arts’ capacity-building support in the form of training, access to proven tools and resources via the forthcoming Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries
  • How creative aging combats isolation
  • The shifting view of library services for older adults from negative and needy to positive and engaged
  • How libraries are helping Americans grow older in a more engaging way through creative aging programs

Read “Creative Aging Libraries Project Expands,” Spring 2013 >>
Read “MetLife Foundation Gives Major Grant to Arts Learning,” Spring 2012 >> (PDF)


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