Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Creative Aging - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Joe Birch

Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Creative Aging

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - This week, Taking Back Our Neighborhoods takes you to the highest crime-lowest income zip code in the city: 38126, in South Memphis.

There, one agency working is creating change by pulling some strings.

"Creative Aging" tries to improve the quality of life of older adults by making sure they have access to the arts. Since home-bound MIFA Meals on Wheels clients can't get up and go to a show, Creative Aging sends musicians like Doug Easley and Roy Brewer to them:

"It's funny, even playing with big audiences, you've never really get the sense that you've talked to somebody," Brewer said. "Here, you get to reach over and play right in their faces if you want to, and they love it.  Usually it's great."
"Music is such a social thing," Easley added. "That's really the way I like it - just to get people together."

People, like 86-year-old Ruth Thomas, who sang for 40 years in the choir of nearby Progressive Baptist Church:

"I appreciate," Thomas said. "It's really nice. The Lord's going to bless all y'all."
"By letting people know they're valued, the community still considers them to be an important part of our day-to-day existence," said Creative Aging's Meryl Klein.  "You do start to solve problems."

If you'd like to get in touch with the agency, call them at 901-272-3434 or visit them online at www.creativeagingmidsouth.org.

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