ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.

Text Resize

Creativity and Lifelong Learning

Membership Directory

Find ASA members in your area or who share your interest area. Enter a name or click on the magnifying glass to start your search.

Study after study has demonstrated that lifelong learning is highly instrumental in staving off dementia and cognitive decline. Picking up a brand-new, creative skill, like making music, is one of the more enjoyable approaches to lifelong learning. But can encouraging elders to join a community choir save money on healthcare? Does brain plasticity mean we can rebuild brains damaged by poor lifestyle choices? What about recreation in the form of intense physical exercise—how important is physicality to healthy aging? Land here for the latest research and answers you’ll need to help your clients enrich their Third Age.


Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars. 

Lifetime Education and Renewal Network: Members of the Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN) are involved in all aspects of education for older adults. They represent the growing variety of settings and programs offering opportunities for lifetime learners



Webinar: Recreational and Social Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia

Event Date: 
11.06.2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Part Two of the Healthy Longevity Webinar Series, sponsored by Home Care Assistance

Full Description: 

This webinar covers activities that provide a sense of purpose and enjoyment along with emotional support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Research suggests that physically and socially stimulating recreational activities can decrease problem behaviors, increase overall functioning, and slow the progression of cognitive decline; likewise, lack of pleasurable activities may further exacerbate the impairment associated with dementia. This webinar aims to improve attitude, mood, and quality of life for clients who have dementia, as well as provide for more meaningful engagement in life and a strengthened sense of dignity. It is crucial to avoid treating dementia clients as children; rather, we should listen to and respect them, and conversational stimulation can be part of all interactions you have with a client.

Webinar: The Human Touch in Caring for Individuals with Dementia

Event Date: 
10.02.2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Part One of the Healthy Longevity Webinar Series, sponsored by Home Care Assistance

Full Description: 

This webinar covers important aspects of working constructively with people who have dementia, not simply correcting behavioral and emotional issues that stem from the disease. Such care involves greater awareness of a client’s history and personality, strategies for communicating with and motivating clients, working with family members, and managing caregiver stress. At Memory Therapeutics, our fundamental purpose is to maintain and improve client function, thus increasing the amount of time clients can stay in their own homes and experience greater quality of life. We accomplish this goal by intervening beyond basic assistance with ADLs, and by facilitating activities that further engage clients, both mentally and physically. The focus is on each client as an individual, not simply another person with dementia. In addition to increased mental and physical function, a primary objective of these interventions is to empower clients with a greater sense of dignity and meaningful purpose. This webinar will also discusses the effects of dementia and strategies for care that are culturally, environmentally, and historically aware with regard to the individual contexts of the client.

Cognitive and Sensory Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

11:00 AM Pacific / 12:00 PM Mountain
1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern
Time Zone Converter

Recreational and Social Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

11:00 AM Pacific / 12:00 PM Mountain / 1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern  
Time Zone Converter     

Aging in a Changing World

Event Date: 
10.18.2012 (All day) - 10.20.2012 (All day)
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
Short Description: 

Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Conference

Full Description: 

Aging in a Changing World

Early bird registration ends August 17!

41st Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting
Canadian Association on Gerontology (

October 18 – 20, 2012, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Join us in an exciting and dynamic forum for knowledge exchange and networking in the field of aging at CAG2012: Aging in a Changing World, the 41st Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology ( 

CAG2012 is an interdisciplinary event featuring stimulating pre-conference workshops, world-renowned keynote speakers, cutting-edge symposia, thought-provoking paper and poster presentations, and networking opportunities.  CAG2012 will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, decision- and policy-makers, students, older adults, community groups and all others with an interest in individual and population aging. 

Full conference program and registration available at

CAG members receive a discount on conference registration, in addition to other member benefits.  Read more about joining the CAG at 

Follow us on Facebook ( or Twitter ( to keep up-to-date on the conference. 

Join us in Vancouver for a conference you’ll always remember in a city you’ll never forget!

CAG2012 is hosted by Simon Fraser University Department of Gerontology and Gerontology Research Centre.

Please note, all conference events are subject to change.

Creativity, Art & The Mature Mind

Event Date: 
09.27.2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Presented by MindAlert, sponsored by MetLife Foundation

Full Description: 

This webinar will discuss the emergence of the field of creative aging and the seminal work of Dr. Gene Cohen. Michael Patterson and Susan Perlstein will review research on the impact the arts have on the health and well-being of participants, reviewing and updating information first discussed in the Generations article called “The Creative Arts and Brain Health in Later Life.”  

Creativity, Art & The Mature Mind

Thursday, September 27, 2012

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Aging, Outrage and the Occupy Movement

posted 05.23.2012

Gray Panthers Join In, Speak Out About Putting Profits Over People

Occupy Inspires Elders

Subscribe to Aging Today

Goleta Valley Senior Center Women Soak Up the Beauty of Yosemite National Park

posted 05.15.2012

We started the second camping trip of the summer at 6 a.m. from the Goleta Valley Senior Center. This wonderful group of women from our center were gung-ho for the journey, if not a little bit sleepy.

Networking and Special Events

Inspiration doesn't just happen in breakout sessions; there are many exciting opportunities at AiA16 to connect with nearly 3,000 peers and thought leaders who, like you, are dedicated to working to improve the quality of life for older adults.

We have lots of fun opportunities planned for you to  mix, mingle, and meet with acclaimed speakers and passionate attendees. And, trust us, you won't want to miss this year's final night reception!

Join us for any or all of the following events:

Stay Connected

Follow American Society on Aging on Facebook   Follow American Society on Aging on LinkedIn   Follow American Society on Aging on Twitter   Subscribe eNewsletter   


ASA-USC online courses begin Event Details
16th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference Event Details