Creative Life Centre (Ionad Cruthaitheach)

Professor Davis Coakley with President Michael D. Higgins at the commissioning of MISA, 2016.

Welcome to the Creative Life Centre at Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing.

Good health is not just about the absence of disease, but increasingly about improved quality of life.  Creativity has an important role to play in enhancing quality of life and enabling successful ageing.  Creativity enhances the psychological and emotional well-being of the individual, permeating and enriching everyday life, leading to greater personal fulfillment. By exercising our minds and bodies, creativity can increase skills and heighten self-confidence as well as motivation.

The Creative Life Centre promotes and highlights the creativity of older people, enabling them to express themselves through art, sculpture, poetry, literature, music and drama. It includes a volunteer network of all age groups, but primarily of older people themselves. The Centre interfaces closely with employee groups, retirement organisations, charities, local community centres, schools and colleges, locally and nationally.

The Centre is a community resource and provides a structured forum for people of all ages to experience the positive aspects of creativity in ageing. In addition to being a local resource, the Centre interfaces with the wider Irish society, acting as a model of how creativity and the arts can contribute to successful ageing throughout Ireland and beyond.