Top 5 Friday: Resources for Artful Aging



What is the first thing we do when we need help or don't know what to do? We go online and research the problem. Each month, Sound Options is sharing a few online resources, from websites to blogs, that you need to know about in your search for care advice, know-how and connection. Each Top 5 Friday will center on a different eldercare theme.  

1. The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being by: Sherwin B. Nuland 

Melding a scientist’s passion for truth with a humanist’s understanding of the heart and soul, Nuland has created a wise, frank, and inspiring book about the ultimate stage of life’s journey.
The onset of aging can be so gradual that we are often surprised to find that one day it is fully upon us. The changes to the senses, appearance, reflexes, physical endurance, and sexual appetites are undeniable–and rarely welcome–and yet, as Nuland shows, getting older has its surprising blessings. Age concentrates not only the mind, but the body’s energies, leading many to new sources of creativity, perception, and spiritual intensity. Growing old, Nuland teaches us, is not a disease but an art–and for those who practice it well, it can bring extraordinary rewards. “I’m taking the journey even while I describe it,” writes Nuland, now in his mid-seventies and a veteran of nearly four decades of medical practice.

2. Events Calendar

If you are in the mood for a little culture, this calendar is a great resources for coming events in the community, live music, art and museum exhibits, as well as classes and workshops. You can also listen to great public radio online throughout the day for a little company. 

3. Frye Museum " here:now" program

here:now is an arts-engagement program of the Frye Art Museum for individuals living with dementia and their care partners to enjoy a creative and relaxing afternoon together. The only museum-based arts program of its kind in Washington State, here:now offers gallery tours and art-making classes designed for individuals with young-onset or early to mid-stage dementia and their care partners. The Frye Art Museum also presents professional development workshops, conferences, and lectures on the topic of art, creativity, and dementia.

4. Local Museums | Visit each site as many give discounts and free days such as First Thursdays free to all, First Fridays free to seniors: 

5. Frank Tobey Jones: Senior University

Senior University – Franke Tobey Jones, offers a wide array of educational, cultural, social and wellness programming with a focus on senior interest topics. Classes are offered in partnership with local colleges and universities, museums and cultural organizations and local businesses. Most courses are free of charge and offered to residents and the community as a public service. We are proud to offer Senior University as the only program of its kind in Pierce County. Please click here for a Senior University calendar.



Published on April 19, 2013.