With the support of the National Guild‘s Catalyzing Creative Aging grant and individual donors, CMSS launched a creative aging chorus program for older adults throughout greater Springfield. Creative Aging is an initiative to provide sequential arts instruction to older adults (ages 55+) to combat ageism and isolation – with outcomes such as improved cognitive ability, improved emotional wellbeing, and improved health.
Led by CMSS faculty Liz Simmons, Sing Out Chorus began in September 2018 at Mason-Wright Retirement Community, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing, and Glenmeadow Retirement Community. The program was a great success at all three sites and culminated in a community concert for family and friends at each location (pictured).
The Tim Cotz Creative Aging Initiative at CMSS was established to honor the legacy of our beloved former Board president, Tim Cotz. We are grateful for the wisdom and guidance that Tim so generously shared, inspiring and challenging us to find new avenues to serve our community.