CREATIVE AGING MEMPHIS

Rating: 4.94 stars   80 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 200 Jefferson Ave. Ste 707 Memphis TN 38103 USA

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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

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!

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.

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

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

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!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the Director of the largest senior center in Memphis, I have first hand knowledge of this great organization since its inception. From musicians to ballet to weaving to telling your personal story with "hands of time", my seniors have enjoyed it all!!! The artists are so friendy and work very hard to engage the seniors.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lewis Center for Senior Citizens loves Creative Aging. Top notch entertainers have tickled the ivories and helped us celebrate many holidays. The seniors feel special having such opportunities right here in their "home away from home". We are grateful for the variety and the quality of entertainers!

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

being a membership facility being an informed & active member of the aging network finally, by becoming a board member of Creative Aging

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

have more public recogniton

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

our assisted living community with seniors participation.

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.

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

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR FOR SENIOR LIVING PROGRAMS.

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 !!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

entertainment and fun workshops

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

nothing needed!

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