Oakwood Creative Care Has Been Chosen as a 2023 AARP Community Challenge Grantee!
June 28, 2023

Oakwood Creative Care is thrilled to announce that we’ve been selected to receive a 2023 AARP Community Challenge grant! Out of 3,600+ applications (from all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), we are one of only 310 chosen grantees.

This quick-action grant will support our mission to enhance the quality of life and spark joy for older adults with cognitive or physical challenges, as well as their family care partners, through day clubs, memory cafés, and other home and community-based services.

Specifically, the 2023 AARP Community Challenge grant will help to support programs for seniors in Arizona who are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, with weekly engagement sessions focused on activities that scientific evidence shows to be beneficial (as well as coaching sessions for families and care partners).

About the Community Challenge

The AARP Community Challenge grant program funds innovative, quick-action projects that inspire change in areas such as public places; housing; transportation; diversity, equity, and inclusion; digital connections; community resilience; and more. With additional funding support from Toyota Motor North America, the program is also increasing its investment in projects that improve mobility innovation and transportation options.

This is all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities, and counties across the country to become great places for all. AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.

To learn more about the projects being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation, including all 310 granted projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s Livable Communities work at aarp.org/livable.

Did You Know?

Oakwood Creative Care is bringing back the JOY in aging! We believe a diagnosis should not have to define your life. Instead, we have devoted our mission to reigniting hope for caregivers and older adults with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other age-related challenges. Click the button below to learn more about how we do this through our research-based, cutting-edge, creative care model found at each of our Day Clubs.

Oakwood Creative Care thanks AARP for Community Grant 2023 for arizona seniors with Alzheimers Dementia Parkinsons Stroke and their family and caregivers


We're a nonprofit organization based in Mesa, Arizona with three senior day club locations (and a fourth on the way) which serve older adults with Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's, and various other physical or cognitive challenges. Life does not end with a diagnosis. Our members continue to learn new skills, enjoy new discoveries, make friends, laugh, and live a joy-filled life. Our team of dementia experts lead support groups, events, classes, and private sessions with caregivers and families, guiding them on the best methods to care for their loved ones while also caring for themselves.

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