EngAGED promotes and provides opportunities to improve the rates of social engagement in older adults because remaining socially engaged improves quality of life and is associated with better health.
We guide our work through a strategic framework that is designed to contribute to a greater level of opportunity for and participation in social engagement activities on the part of older adults. The strategic framework includes these four key elements with volunteerism viewed as an essential component of the four key elements.
Developing sustainable partnerships
Conducting evaluation and seeking improvement
A new study released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), provides evidence that consistent volunteering can improve the health and well-being of people age 55 and older. The study examined how participation in national service contributes to changes in health and well-being of Senior Corps volunteers. A companion study explored the health benefits to caregivers who receive support from Senior Corps Senior Companion volunteers.
The recently released “All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive” report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of the intergenerational shared sites. The report provides case studies and recommendations that illustrate how shared sites as an approach primed to remedy can remedy isolations and loneliness in older adults. Greater awareness of the potential of shared sites can create new environments to confront ageism, break down the barriers of age-segregation and forge long-lasting and life-changing intergenerational bonds.
You may have heard a lot lately about the benefits of Creative Aging, but do you know what you need to start offering this socially-engaging, community-based art education programming in your community? Lifetime Arts, the national leader in promoting the inclusion of professional arts programs in organizations that serve older adults, will introduce you to the process from project inception to sustainability. Attendees will gain knowledge that will help them to:
Seek out appropriate community partners;
Survey older adults in their service area;
Assess your facility for possible offerings across arts disciplines;
Approach funders with confidence, armed with real budget numbers and evidence of outcomes;
Understand the role of the teaching artist and how to find and hire the right one;
Market and promote Creative Aging workshops and register participants;
Evaluate the workshops that you offer; and
Understand possible approaches toward sustainability.
Our speakers include Maura O’Malley, Co-Founder and CEO, Lifetime Arts and Nathan Majoros, Program Director, Lifetime Arts.
The webinar will be facilitated by Sandy Markwood, CEO of n4a.
Social engagement opportunities are many and varied including, civic engagement/volunteerism, creative and cultural participation, intergenerational opportunities, lifelong learning and technology. And we have learned that remaining engaged in activities and community contributes to greater physical, mental and emotional health and well-being in older adults thereby helping to avoid the negative impacts of isolation.
Engaging in abundant physical, mental and social activities are commonly seen as the keys to healthy aging. Learn about programs available through engAGED partners.
Based on your interests, you will find there are many opportunities through a wide variety of organizations to volunteer in your community.
Join with the engAGED partnership of diverse organizations help us to increase the incidence and opportunities for older adults to stay engaged within their communities.