Encore is thrilled to announce AARP as a 10th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor. This sponsorship is supporting our anniversary year celebrations and provided resources for us to offer a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity on the stage of DAR Constitution Hall on May 13, 2017! We are so grateful for this partnership for many reasons. AARP’s financial support contributes to our annual operating costs, tuition scholarships, professional conductor fees, equipment costs, and staffing. Most importantly, this sponsorship ensures that Encore will continue to provide free concerts to the community. ARRP advocates new discoveries and new possibilities at any age -- in perfect sync with Encore's mission to provide an excellent and artistic environment to older adults. Thank you to AARP and to all of our singers and friends of Encore for your continued support.
AARP shared this article about our exciting new partnership.
AARP’s Article on “Disrupt Aging”
For Encore Creativity
AARP congratulates Encore Creativity for Older Adults on its ten-year anniversary. We also salute all Encore singers and supporters for having joined the ranks of what we call “age disruptors.” Who are “age disruptors?” They are people who embrace aging as a part of life to look forward to, rather than something to fear, and begin to discover the real possibilities of living the life they have always wanted. And, they inspire others to believe that they, too, can age with independence, dignity and purpose. In other words, they are people like you.
Under the leadership of CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP has adopted “Disrupt Aging” as a rallying cry for all of us to challenge outdated beliefs and spark new solutions that give more people the ability to choose how they live and age.
The late Dr. Gene Cohen, the world-renowned psychiatrist (and the first director of the National Institute on Aging) who inspired Jeanne Kelly to create Encore, observed that age offers countless opportunities for growth, development, and creativity. He noted that there are certain qualities of life that emerge only after much of our lives have been lived – our intelligence, knowledge, emotional growth, and life experiences which, combined, we know as “wisdom.” Age and life experience also give us a clearer perspective of what’s important in life.
For you, music clearly is important. That says a lot. Karl Paulnack, former Chair of the Music Department of the Boston Conservatory, hit the mark when he expressed the view that music is no less than a basic need of human survival. It’s one of the ways we make sense of our lives, a way we express our feelings when we have no words, a way to help us understand things with our hearts that we can’t with our minds, a way for us to say “I am alive and my life has meaning.” Organizations like Encore provide opportunities for people 50 and older to learn, to find their purpose in life and to serve people in their communities while pursuing their passion and sharing their talents. This is an important contribution to society because it helps people stay healthy and engaged. Studies have shown that people with purpose have a 71 percent reduced risk of stroke, a third fewer doctor visits and nearly two-thirds fewer overnight stays in the hospital. Overall, they are happier, more engaged and less likely to become isolated and suffer from loneliness.
Today, as people tend to live longer and generally in better health, they seek programs like Encore that provide opportunities for continued productivity and growth that our parents and the generations before them never dreamed about. As participants in Encore you are demonstrating that aging can be something to look forward to, not something to fear. You show others in your communities that it is a period of growth, not decline. You recognize the opportunities of aging, not just the challenges. And perhaps most importantly, you show the world that as we all grow older, we can continue to be contributors to society, not burdens.
This is the message of AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins’ book, Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age. But in her book, Jenkins also points out that while there are millions of people like you creating and living a new reality of aging, many of our beliefs and perceptions of aging have not changed, nor have our solutions for supporting people as they age.
As she writes: “We must change the conversation in this country about what it means to grow older. We have to challenge outdated stereotypes and attitudes and spark new solutions so more people can choose how they want to live and age.” That’s what Jeanne Kelly did when she started Encore Creativity for Older Adults (sparked by Dr. Gene Cohen) ten years ago.
As Encore singers, I’m happy to say that you are part of this growing movement to Disrupt Aging—to create a new mindset around growing older. With more than 10,000 people turning 65 every day—a trend that will last for the next 13 years—this is an exciting time. Disrupt Aging is not just about older people. It affects people of all generations and people of all generations must get involved to make it happen.
Congratulations on ten years of providing opportunities for people 55 and over to explore their creativity and fulfill their passion and purpose through music. You’re not only helping to change the conversation about aging, you’re adding a new soundtrack to the later years of our lives.
Please be sure to follow the movement to Disrupt Aging at www.aarp.org/DisruptAging.