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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

At our community, our goal is for all activities to be meaningful and purposeful. Creative Aging helps us achieve that goal by offering wonderful performances that engage our seniors and fantastic workshops that bring out the creativity in each of our residents. Never disappointed, the talent that Creative Aging brings to our residents is always professional while delighting our residents and engaging them in meaningful activities. Other communities may say "we can hire performers ourselves" but Creative Aging is much, much more than performances. They bring access to the arts that our residents would no have the opportunity to engage in otherwise.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work in an Assisted Living for people with dementia and Alzheimer's. My first encounter with Creative Aging was there - we had gathered all the residents together to enjoy the performance of one of the Creative Aging musicians. I was suprised to see Ms. Mary there - I had never heard her speak a word, but her daughter was visiting and decided to bring her mom to enjoy the music. The performer that Creative Aging had sent instantly connected with our residents. He sang lots of old songs that our residents were familiar with. He began singing an Elvis tune and walked right up to Ms. Mary and put the microphone to her mouth. I thought, oh no, she can't even speak - this will not go so well. Boy was I surprised when she grab the mic and starting singing along - she knew all the words! I was in tears - happy tears to see her enjoying this so much. You see, sometimes, we may think that the older generation isn't all there - but they are! You just have to find the right way to connect. Creative Aging does this so well - they connect through music, art, spoken word and more. Creative Aging brings joy and smiles to thousands of elder citizens in our community and I highly commend them for the work they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have utilized Creative Aging as an entertainment source for our seniors, for many years...upwards of 8.
They are easy to work with in every single way, whether it be the staff, the entertainers, or even their happy volunteers.
I'm sure we will continue a great working relationship for many years to come!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Creative Aging has been an invaluable resource for me in providing quality entertainers for our seniors. I can always depend on any artist I request through this wonderful organization to be top notch!

Client Served

Rating: 5

At first I was skeptical about this program. I thought that I could do it on my own just like I had aways done without the assistance from Creative Aging Midsouth. But after working with Meryl and Barbara I have realized that I need this program. It helps with the cost especiallly with a small activity budget. It also has a long list of quality and diversed entertainners to choose from. But best of all, Creative Aging MidSouth has saved my life more than once when some of the entertainners had an emergency at the last minute and could not honor their committment. Barbara was very helpful in sending replacements. You can not get that kind of service any where else. Thank you so very much! Tony Sovian

Client Served

Rating: 5

Creative Aging is a great organization. The availability of talented entertainers right at your fingertips is very nice! I have not had one bad experience with Creative Aging. Our residents love the performers. Everyone we have booked has been polite and professional.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Creative Aging is the most wonderful service for allowing easy and affordable access to the talented people in our area who are willing to share these talents with residents of senior residential communities: assisted living, independent living, and nursing homes. Bringing quality talent into these communities through the locally available artists is an integral part of offering dynamic activity programming. Creative Aging no only makes this more affordable, but streamlines the process in order to provide easy access. I would highly recommend Creative Aging to anyone providing programming for senior adults.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing to commend an outstanding nonprofit-- Creative Aging Memphis. My family has greatly benefited from their programs. My mother is a resident of a nursing facility served by Creative Aging Memphis. She has physical limitations in addition to dementia. The easily accessible, free musical performances provided to her and the other residents by Creative Aging Memphis are an important part of her life and mine. The music engages, brightens and calms her in a way very few things now can. Listening to the performances together and seeing the benefits my mother experiences brings me joy as well. Thank you Creative Aging Memphis!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Johnnie D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the Director of Foxbridge Assisted Living Community and before that with Alzheimer's Day Services of Memphis, I can tell you what a wonderful service CAM provides for those with Alzheimer's and related disorders. When the CAM artist connects with the Foxbridge residents in our memory care cottage, the residents are singing, dancing, and clapping. These artists always connect and provide a good time which means for us a very successful day for our residents. Music brings out the inner person and helps them remember a good time, words of a song, or just that things are okay. The CAM artists are very much appreciated and asked back many times. The service CAM provides to our residents through their talented artists and easy scheduling, makes new memories each time they perform.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found CAM when they brought Breeze Cayole to Trezevan Manor where we reside. As a long time saxaphone player who had "lost his touch" I listened to a premier expert in jazz - especially New Orleans. The work done by CAM works on two fold basis - bringing senior citizens excellent programs and provides excellent musicians with a stage to show their wares. Needless to say my wife and I not only find there programs excellent we find a place to give to help funding of a superior nonprofit. RJS

Jacqueline7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Creative Aging has been very helpful to me in relation to my job, since it was a new position for me, If I was unsure of something or had any questions, of which I had many, they were very quick to answer them for me and went above and beyond to help me. Looking forward to using them as much as possible in the years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.