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: 5 stars  

Creative Aging does an excellent job promoting the health of older adults through its arts programming for seniors. The musical performances entertain the senior audiences but more importantly, they evoke responses that are essential the the seniors' emotional, cognitive and physical well-being. Over the last 10 years I have consistently been impressed by their services and impact.

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

expand into new markets

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

When well known musicians perform for older adults who feel isolated in residential facilities, everyone benefits. The older adults feel like they are still a part of the larger community, that their need to experience the arts is as important as anyone else's. And, the artists benefit both from the extra income and their interactions with their audiences. Creative Aging is good for Memphis seniors and artists!

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  

CAM provides an invaluable service to seniors in the midsouth by providing musical performances and creative workshops. It is well proven that engagement with the arts makes lives happier and better. It's a wonderful experience to attend a performance and see the interaction between the artist(s) and participants/audience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CAM is a wonderful organization that brings the arts to seniors at the places they live!!

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

attending art presentations at assisted living facilities.

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

give it one million dollars so that it would not have to spend so much time on fund raising and could spend more time on its mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

•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.

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.

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

Clone it for other cities!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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