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Nonprofit Overview

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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nora T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been a great experience to be one the performers for creative aging and to have the opportunity to see how much our elders enjoy
music. When the performances ocurred they gather to have a good time, to sing along and sometimes even dance. My favorites are the birthday parties, it's priceless to be there to sing and celebrate the lives of those that gave their work to the community and that now are retired but shouldn't be forgotten.
I thank CAM so much for all their efforts to improve our seniors quality of life.

Lea J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Creative Aging Memphis is a wonderful organization that brings QUALITY entertainment to the senior citizen community. Music is one of the most lasting, and emotionally driven important parts of life. Music can relieve pain, stress, and bring healing to senior citizens in a nursing home community. Music provides caregivers with an important boost to their efforts.

Many activities directors, while they are grateful for volunteers who provide music, recognize that the quality isn't always the best. Creative Aging allows them to bring in professionals at a fraction of the cost.

For performers, being able to support their craft financially allows more opportunities for them to give back to the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Creative Aging of the MidSouth
I wear two hats. As a member of an ensemble who provides programs for our senior members of our community, my heart is warmed with the broad smiles and participation of our audience members. As a resident of a retirement facility I know my community members look forward to the quality of the programs which are provided. Creative Aging makes difference.