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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Executive Director

  • Rebecca Crichton began her Encore Career as Executive Director of NWCCA after a year of retirement from her 21-year career at the Boeing Company. At Boeing, she developed and delivered curriculum and presentations about leadership development, and taught and coached managers and executives to be better leaders. She developed more than 50 presentations aimed at increasing multicultural awareness. After retiring, she volunteered with several organizations serving the aging population in Seattle, including Senior Centers and the newly formed NEST – North East Seattle Together – one of the first Aging in Place Villages in Seattle, and taught at the Lifetime Learning Center, a school with a wide range of classes providing learning to older adults. Since becoming the ED of NWCCA, Crichton has increased visibility of the organization, taught at many venues in Seattle, and continues to expand the ways that NWCCA serves both providers and recipients of learning related to Positive and Creative Aging.
    Photo of Rebecca by Paulette Perhach.

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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.