What We Do

Creativity is defined by the National Center for Creative Aging as bringing something new into the world that has value. Therefore, we define Creative Aging as using the power of creativity to live a longer, healthier, happier life.

We work to complement, enhance, and initiate creative programming in existing aging service organizations by providing education and training to staff as well as artists.

We offer a variety of programs for older people such as on-site classes and interactive workshops. We also provide services for artists and healthcare professionals including on-site training, personalized consultations, educational workshops, and interactive presentations.

We foster the creative potential of each individual, promoting the person-centered care approach, and we emphasize the positive health outcomes resulting from active creative engagement. We are dedicated to promoting a better aging experience for present and future generations. Learn more at the links below.

Classes for Older Adults in the Triad

Training for Artists, Healthcare Professionals, & Others

Consulting for Healthcare Organizations & Staff

Our programs support life-long learning and help to cultivate and sustain a better quality of life for those involved. There is no requirement of previous experience for people to participate. Training and support are available to artists and aging service staff who would like to facilitate programs themselves or we can provide instructors for your group. If you are interested in hosting a public training for the state or in receiving training for up to 20 staff at your facility, please contact us to discuss options. We offer a variety of opportunities for diverse community groups such as:

  • Adult Day Care Providers
  • Arts Councils
  • Assisted Living Communities
  • CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities)
  • Galleries
  • Libraries
  • Long Term Care Communities
  • Museums
  • NORCs (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities)
  • PACE Centers (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Recreation Centers
  • Senior Centers

Presentations for Everyone

Educational presentations  are available for groups such as associations, civic clubs, older adult ministries, senior centers and others throughout the state. Fees are dependent on the content, plus the planning and preparation required, but start at $100 per hour plus travel if outside of Guilford County.


At CAN-NC, we embrace all research which shows that growth and learning never end – they continue throughout life. Learn more.

Provided by the National Center for Creative Aging, Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit is a resource designed for the arts and aging services fields. This resource explains why and how older adults benefit from participating in professionally conducted community arts programs. View detailed examples on program design, implementation and evaluation.

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