About Us

Northwest Center for Creative Aging (NWCCA) advocates for the creativity, vitality, and wholeness inherent in all of us. As we age, we discover new capacities and new interests. We seek activities that expand our minds, strengthen our bodies, and open our hearts. We recognize the necessity of interdependence, humor, generosity, and gratitude to bolster us during challenging times. 

NWCCA is an integral member of the vibrant network of agencies and organizations serving the aging community in the Pacific Northwest. We serve as an additional resource for informing our community about the many activities and programs available for us as we age.  

Our current reality requires us to ensure and maintain our health and safety by staying home and restricting our regular activities. Many of us have discovered new ways to stay connected and engaged as well as learning how to use time differently. As we Zoom with our friends, attend new on-line courses, or explore the wealth of cultural and educational materials archived by libraries and other institutions, we discover what resilience and commitment to our basic values means to each of us.

NWCCA will continue to share what we find that supports us both internally and as part of our caring community.

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.
    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. At the beginning of the pandemic, as a way of building virtual community, she started the Corona Support Blog.

Board of Directors

Background 

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.