About Us

OUR PHILOSOPHY addresses the whole person – mind, body and spirit – with a range of programs committed to creative aging. We welcome people of all ages and stages.

OUR VISION – The Northwest Center for Creative Aging is the recognized leader for engaging adults in vital and inspired living as they age. Our many educational and experiential offerings connect people with their essential purpose, enriching the aging process and helping adults in the Northwest discover new insights and a renewed sense of community with others.

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Rebecca Crichton, Executive Director

  • Rebecca Crichton started her ‘Encore Career’ as ED of NWCCA in 2013 after 21 years with The Boeing Company. She refashioned her skills and knowledge as a writer, curriculum designer and leadership development coach to offer programs related to Creative Aging at many venues in the Seattle area. An active participant in the local aging community, she facilitates Wisdom Cafés for the King County Library System and writes regularly for 3rd Act Magazine. Current interests include the encouraging discussion and awareness about the ‘3 D’s’ – Dementia, Disability and Death and Dying.
    Photo of Rebecca by Paulette Perhach.

Ruth Neuwald Falcon, Associate Director

  • For the past four-plus years, Ruth Neuwald Falcon has been the one responsible for our public face. A writer, editor and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ruth brings her artist’s eye and editor’s sense to everything you read and know about NWCCA.

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What we do:2013 Day of Learning Twitter

NWCCA helps adults find their purpose and live into their potential as they age. Our offerings include:

  • Themed conversations on Creative Aging led by trained NWCCA facilitators.
  • Instructor-led programs that provide opportunities for self-discovery, increased knowledge, and connection with others.
  • Public events that address topics important to the field of creative aging. 

How we do it:

We partner with organizations and venues in our community, with offerings that extend or supplement their own programming.

  • Each venue chooses the programs they want and works with us to determine a convenient time that fits their schedule.
  • Our conversations and courses employ trained facilitators and seasoned teachers. Topics change often to reflect the public’s interests.
  • Events for the general public, often in collaboration with other organizations.
  • NWCCA is led by a part-time Executive Director, with the support of an organizational consultant, volunteers, and the Board of Directors.
  • NWCCA is supported by sponsors, major donors, individual and organizational contributors. We are especially appreciative for the continued support of Horizon House.


NWCCA evolved from discussions with leaders in the field of senior resources held at Horizon House in 2007 and 2008. Inspired by Mary Baird Carlsen’s seminal book Creative Aging – A Meaning-Making Perspective, they envisioned a place dedicated to the exploration of the many dimensions of creative potential in our later years, including psychological and spiritual growth.

NWCCA-trained facilitators led the first “Conversations on Creative Aging” in 2010. A variety of workshops and events co-sponsored with other organizations marked the early years of the organization. In 2012, NWCCA expanded its programming to include regular, open-to-the-public presentations at Horizon House and other senior communities, as well as community centers and libraries.