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May 12, 2012

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May 12, 2012

My partner, Hank and I, have enjoyed every performance we have had the pleasure of giving to seniors in the Mid-South. Creative Aging has allowed us to bring a smile to many seniors who love the same music we do.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 11, 2012

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May 11, 2012

Creative Aging Mid South is a wonderful organization that not only serves our Seniors but employees seniors and so many of our city's great musicians and artists. Creative Aging doesn't just provide your typical musical performances to area Seniors, we have Queen of Beale Street Ruby Wilson, Memphis' own Jazz Queen Joyce Cobb and many other Memphis music legends on our roster. I'm not only a board member but I also work in an assisted living facility that is recipient of Creative Aging's services. The music and art therapy that CA provides is pricesless to our residents - they all light up whenever a CA artists arrives to entertain them!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

Working with Creative Aging Midsouth is wonderful! As an Activities Director, I have had my fill of endless phone calls and interviews when it came to hiring entertainment for monthly parties. Now all I have to do is email my request and it's all set! They have a huge list of multi-talented artists that provides opportunities for our audience members to stay connected to the community, interact with the artists, reminisce about the music’s meaning in their lives, and dance, sing, clap, or simply move to the music. Creative Aging Midsouth IS working to improve quality of life for OUR Mid-South elders by providing access to experiences in the arts!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

various ways, but seeing the faces of our residents as they are entertained says it all.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

open the talent to more than those that play instruments or sing.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Meryl Klein, the Director, came to our facility to introduce herself and the organization. She made a compelling presentation and I was thrilled she stopped by!

January 22, 2011

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January 22, 2011

All CAM programs are accessible to seniors regardless of physical or cognitive frailty because we bring the performances to them where they live!
We are an assisted living community whose residents benefit from the performances of artists in our community.
CAM performances provide
opportunities for audience members to:
stay connected to the community
interact with the artists
reminisce about the music

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our assisted living community with seniors participation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make the communication with participants more transparent and on a regular basis. I think the constant interaction will benefit the organization with more visiblity to all not just those who are paying to participate.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

THE FACILITY IN WHICH I WORK HAS BEEN FORTUNATE TO BE A RECIPIENT OF THE CREATIVE AGING PROGRAM AND HAS BEEN AN EXCEPTIONAL RESOURCE FOR TOP NOTCH ENTERTAINMENT. THE VARIETY IS FANTASTIC AND THE QUALITY HAS BEEN GREAT ! iT IS AN INVALUABLE PART OF WHAT WE CAN OFFER TO OUR RESIDENTS IN ASSISTED LIVING TO MAKE THEIR LIFE MORE ENJOYABLE.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR FOR SENIOR LIVING PROGRAMS.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

CONTINUE PROVIDING SERVICES WITH INCREASED PARTICIPATION AND RECRUITMENT OF QUALITY PERFORMERS AT THE MOST AFFORDABLE MEANS POSSIBLE. GET THE WORD OUT !!!!!

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

I became familiar with Creative Aging in the Spring of 2009. With my fondness of Elders, I quickly paid attention and discovered that Creative Aging was creating such a "need" in our Community.

I became a Member of the Board in June 2009. Quickly enough I learned even more about this
organization and was so touched and happy whenever I experienced performances. More importantly, watching the recipients was fabulous!

Interestingly enough, I became employed at at the Ave Nursing Home in Bartlett, TN in June 2010. I am the Activities Director of the Nursing Home.

Upon arrival, Creative Aging was already established with Ave Maria and acts were already booked. I saw even more excitement from the Residents than I had ever seen as just a Board Member. It was so much more "up close and personal" to my delight! In fact, the other day at our January Resident birthday party, one of the Residents said, "the best performers we have always come from Creative Aging". This Resident had no idea that I happened to be on the Board.

I guess the point is, it's not just me loving what I hear, see, experience. It is, if fact, the recipients. The ones that matter.

Peggy Lichterman

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

What I wrote above.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to recruit strong and committed board members.

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

•True caring and passion to serve the senior population.

All CAM programs are accessible to seniors regardless of physical or cognitive frailty because we bring the performances to them where they live!
• CAM presents professional artists to present 400+ hour-long performances
annually.
• Performances take place in about 40 different older adult facilities/centers including nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted living and daycare facilities.
• CAM helps support the artists’ community by paying performance fees --- more than $70,000 in 2010!
• CAM performances provide opportunities for audience members to
o stay connected to the community
o interact with the artists
o reminisce about the music’s meaning in their lives
o dance, sing, clap, or simply move to the music
• CAM workshops enable participants to create and feel valued for their talents.
• Arts change lives! Older adults who participate in arts-related events are healthier and happier. They visit doctors less frequently, take fewer medications and are less likely to say they’re depressed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seen the look of delight and joy as CAM participants participate in workshops and listen to lovely musical performances.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone it for other cities!

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

Our clients/ residents really enjoy the Entertainers that come to Ave Maria Home . The clients/ residents enjoy the music, love to dance and just seem to have a great time . The Entertainers are very professional and they seem to enjoy interacting with the clients/ residents. We have had some Entertainers touch our hearts with their songs and their words of wisdom. Please keep up the good work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the result of this organization in person by watching and experiencing the joy from the clients/residents/ staff the emotions that reach our hearts from these Entertainers.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

IF I had to make changes to this Organization I would offer more workshop for the seniors such as : Pottery, Woodcraft, Flower Arrangement and Poetry.

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

We have been utilizing Creative Aging for several years now.
The quality of the entertainment and the ease of booking has made our monthly performances a real crowd pleaser.
All of the entertainers are nice to work with, and our audience enjoys the fact that each one takes the time to
interact with them.
The professionalism of the staff of Creative Aging is noteworthy as well!
We will continue to work with them for many years.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

entertainment and fun workshops

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing needed!

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

My name is Bobby Frison, Activity Director @ Apple Grove assisted living here in Memphis, TN. We have been using Creative Aging services for10 months. My Alzheimer's patients absolutely adore the performers that creative aging hand picks. Every Friday here at Apple Grove my residents get the surprise of a life time with some of Memphis best talent. Creative Aging has performers from all walks of life and if we weren't able to use their services I don't know what I would be entertaining with... I guess it would have to be puppet shows every Friday...lol. I'm so glad that I get to express just how much we here at Apple Grove love Creative Aging and what they bring here to Memphis assisted living & nursing home facilities....
Thank you Soooooo Much.... Hugs&Kisses

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