Senior & Caregiver Activities

Senior Writing Workshop

Engage and Educate Older Adults and Caregivers

The Institute of Gerontology has long been a leader in outreach to seniors and their caregivers. As a nationally recognized authority on aging, we conduct scientific research and disseminate findings with a mission to improve the health and well-being of older adults. Our team of faculty, students and staff, as well as countless volunteers shares a passion and dedication to successful aging. Their talent and expertise combine to create the community outreach programs detailed here.

Senior & Caregiver Calendar

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Annual Art of Aging Successfully Conference
The IOG's Art of Aging Successfully conference is an extraordinary day of art displays and specialized workshops. Hundreds of seniors attend the May event, ranging in age from 50 to 97. Art of Aging Successfully is not a craft show but an entertaining and educational conference to motivate older adults to embrace creative expression as a way to share their life experiences. Contact Donna MacDonald at (313) 664-2605 or

The Art of Aging Successfully conferences have been presented annually by the IOG Elder Edvisors to Research since 1998. That was when the Elder Advisors to Research joined with the IOG faculty to create a conference organized by seniors for seniors. What began as an experiment has evolved into a much-anticipated annual event for a sell-out crowd of almost 500 seniors (and growing). The conference, anchored by a well-respected keynote speaker and featuring several break-out workshops, promotes creative expression, social connection and information on ways to positively embrace all facets of aging. In addition to the display artists, seniors submit prose, poetry or memoirs to be published in the Creative Expressions booklet printed for each attendee. Submitting art is not required to participate in this inspiring event.

Healthier Black Elders Center
Older African Americans have much higher rates of chronic disease and poverty than older Caucasians, a disparity that the IOG has investigated for over a decade. As one means of reversing this trend, building trust and bringing health interventions into the African American, the IOG created the Healthier Black Elders Center.

Healthier Black Elders Lunch & Learn Series
HBEC is committed to providing Detroit's seniors and their families with current knowledge about aging and health. The HBEC's free Lunch & Learn series has expanded to include new locations with a broader list of speakers and topics. The learning series are held monthly February through April and again in October and November on a weekday at various metro locations. Contact LaToya Hall at 313-664-2604 or

Partner Event Information for IOG Website

The Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University is proud to partner with corporations and individuals who share our mission of promoting successful aging in the Detroit community and beyond. The IOG website is available to silver level sponsors and above, to notify the community of their own senior-related events.

These events must be free, open to the public and provide a health or educational benefit. To have your event listed on the IOG website, please submit the following information to: Terri Bailey at or Fax: Terri Bailey at 313-664-2611.