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Creative Aging Memphis

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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Center for Creative Aging is a gift to our community.

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.

Previous Stories


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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the effect that Creative Aging has on the community. It is a joy to see the faces light up with excitement with each new project undertaken.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization goes over and beyond what it can to assist the needs of the elderly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I personally have seen the good that CAM does: What would otherwise be a regular, boring, and same old mundane day to a senior who can't get out is changed to a happy, dancing, foot-tapping, party day. The physical and psychological effects of Creative Aging's events can be measured with smiles and happy stories their senior audience tells. Creative Aging is a very safe and cost efficient way to help seniors at a basic "grass-roots" level. Your help gets a very large "bang-for-your-buck." .... Al Warren