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ABOUT DONALD HOFFMAN

Donald Hoffman is the former director of the Donovan Scholars/ Council on Aging at the University of Kentucky and author of Arts for Older Adults: An Enhancement of Life.

WRITING FOR SENIORS

Question: I love to read, and now feel I’d like to write. What do I need to know about writing?  Answer: The ability to create as a writer – in fact, through any venue – depends on your perspective of what you see; an emotional connection to the subject that will motivate you; and your imagination.

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WHAT IS A CREATIVE LIFE NOV/DEC 2016

Question: I know travel can be interesting and fun, but what lasting influences will remain? Reply: It has been three years since Sandi, my wife, and I traveled to Dubai. Yet the experiences we encountered there – the art, architecture, landscape, culture and, most of all, the memories of the people and their hospitality – remain strong.

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WHAT IS A CREATIVE LIFE SEPT/OCT 2016

A Mind Uncluttered: Using Creative Experience to Free Elderly Minds.  I learned Liz* had passed away a few days ago at 95 years of age. At the retirement home, I’d come downstairs every morning, during the afternoon and occasionally in the evening, and there she would be – sitting in the same comfortable chair, sometimes asleep,....

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DEBBIE SLEDGE AND THE DONOVANS: A MUSICAL LEGACY

 I was in the audience wondering what to expect from the large group of retirees slowly gathering on stage. I’ve sat through many concerts by professionals and mature choral groups and have heard both triumphant and disappointing performances. This group, more than 100 strong, looked somewhat ragtag. Looks are deceiving,....

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COMEDY CAN BE A PRESCRIPTION FOR RETIREMENT WELLNESS

Tears streamed down my cheeks. I could not stop laughing. I was watching a Jim Carey movie and yes, he was “beating himself up.” It wasn’t the first time I’ve laughed until I cried while watching a funny movie. Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Henny Youngman, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and many more comedians....

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