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Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts

Mission: Creative Aging Mid-South improves quality of life for Mid-South seniors by providing access to experiences in the arts. We accomplish that by hiring local professional artists to perform and teach seniors in nursing homes, retirement communities, adult day programs and senior centers, ensuring that even the frailest seniors maintain an enriching connection to the arts.

Results: Since beginning programming in 2005, Creative Aging has presented more than 5,000 performances and art-making workshops at long-term care and retirement communities, senior centers, and adult daycare programs. In doing so, we have paid more than $725,000 in performance fees to Memphis artists, and brought the arts alive for 30,000 seniors.

Target demographics: seniors continue to have access to the arts where they live

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 6,000 seniors at 50+ residential communities in the Mid-South

Geographic areas served: the Mid-South

Programs: musical performances, art-making workshops, personal story-telling, and drumming

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Creative Aging provides seniors unique, creative experiences that helps them maintain vitality and overall well-being. The organization and its Director, Meryl Klein, demonstrate exceptional dedication in serving older adults,and it shows in the number, quality and variety of programs that are delivered.

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Donor

Rating: 5

•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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Creative Aging not only enhances the lives of so many seniors in our community but also supports so many individual artists in the community by using them for all the programming presented in the senior citizen facilities, community centers and other venues that they service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for Creative Aging. Bringing arts to Elders! Beat in Memphis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe in non-profits. They do the work that everyone says needs to be done. Non-profits take the ideas, recruit the volunteers, roll-up sleeves and get down to business. Creative Aging Memphis is one of those non-profits. The unique thing is they actually serve two diverse communities: seniors and artists. In what I think is a brilliant idea, Creative Aging figured out how to educate, entertain and involve seniors by hiring artists, including musicians, dancers, singers, potters, story-tellers, painters and more. The two groups need each other in order to grow, thrive and maybe even survive. And Creative Aging puts them together. I am thrilled to work with, volunteer for, and support wholly, Creative Aging Memphis. I am proud that Memphis is a city full of seniors and artists, all of whom we need, and through Creative Aging, we also cherish.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We need so many things in life: food and shelter for the body, love and art for the soul. We need them when we are young and it doesn't stop when we are old. The wonderful thing is, no matter what the age, Creative Aging Memphis provides love and art for the soul and helps provide food and shelter for the body. Our musicians and artists come in all sizes and ages. Working for Creative Aging helps pay some of their bills. Working with Creative Aging exposes them to a world of love and gratitude. Then there are the seniors who get a chance to sing, dance, draw or just dream after a visit from these musicians and artists. Their world becomes a little bigger and a whole lot brighter. Creative Aging Memphis gives everyone, entertainers and seniors alike, a chance to live and live well, no matter what their age.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am a member of a Senior Center where artists from Creative Aging often entertain. They provide well known talented local artists for the entertainment of our members, many of whom are limited in their social activities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Creative aging to mail advertisements to different sources to thoroughly promote the activities/services provided. The flyers are always very informative. Also, I am a member of a Senior Center that is fortunately connected with Creative Aging and is often entertained by the many artists provided through them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have a great partnership with Creative Aging. It is a wonderful organization helping Seniors in various ways. We are thankful to Creative Aging for all they bring to our community. Lisa Shurden, Sales Outreach Specialist, HealthSpring

Lee Cagle

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Creative Aging Memphis provides much needed interactive programming for seniors in residential centers. All of the programs from CAM allow residents to attend events that, depending on their mobilility, they may otherwise miss if required to attend "off-campus." Even participants who have cognitive disabilities show signs of recognition during a musical performance. I have personally witnessed reactions from residents that are nothing short of miraculous. The family members that are sometimes with the seniors at those times become overjoyed to see reactions from their loved ones.