EngAGE is a non-profit that transforms aging

and the way people

think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness,

and creativity.

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This is what EngAGE

is all about!

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Experience Talks

A  Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener

Produced by EngAGE

90.7 KPFK-FM

Los Angeles

Sundays @ 5 PM PT

and streaming live online

EngAGE is a member of the Annenberg Foundation Alchemy Program.

Programs

EngAGE in Creativity

EngAGE in Creativity is a community-based, multi-disciplinary arts program taught by professional artists, providing college-level arts and creativity classes, programs and events to older adults, delivered on-site at the senior apartment communities where they live at no cost to them. The program is designed in keeping with the results of the “Creativity and Aging Study: The Impact of Professionally Conducted Cultural Programs on Older Adults” by Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., George Washington University. The study proves the connection between creativity and healthy aging.

Gene Cohen Creativity & Aging Study

Key Artists

One of the most important aspects of the EngAGE in Creativity program is the use of professional, world-renowned artists and arts teachers in our program. The following Artists participate as instructors and speakers for the EngAGE in Creativity program:

The EngAGE in Creativity program is designed in keeping with the results of the “Creativity and Aging Study: The Impact of Professionally Conducted Cultural Programs on Older Adults” by Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., George Washington University.  The study proves the connection between creativity and healthy aging.

EngAGE Artist SUZANNE KNODE

Suzanne Knode spent most of her life working to raise her kids as a single mom. A few years back, retired now, she moved to the Burbank Senior Artists Colony.  Suzanne thought she’d like to try her hand at writing, so she attended an EngAGE writing class at the Artists Colony. She wrote a screenplay as a class assignment and her project, Bandida, was made into a short film by EngAGE. The making of her film, and her story of reinvention, was profiled on national television on the show This American Life on Showtime. She watched the premiere of her film along with an audience of hundreds on the big screen at the El Portal Theater in the NoHo Arts District as part of the Valley Film Festival. Suzanne is now working on several new film and stage projects and has taken up painting and mentoring at-risk teens. Here’s what she had to say when profiled on the Experience Talks radio show: “I couldn’t believe that there would be a community for me at this time in my life. I didn’t think I’d be able to find something new inside of me. You know that same feeling when you got out of school and the whole world was open to you? Now, all over again, the whole world is open to me.”


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