Mission, Vision, and Values


We HONOR elders and are committed to creating and fostering diverse, caring communities where everyone has voice and value.


Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

We are an inclusive organization that values the richness of diversity and allows each individual the opportunity to contribute their gifts in significant ways to the success of the organization and the betterment of our community.


Aldersgate is located in the uniquely diverse East Charlotte Community. In 2016, the Board of Directors at Aldersgate engaged to develop an organization-wide diversity and inclusion strategic plan to be implemented and evaluated ongoing. Our organization is committed to embracing diversity and treating everyone with dignity and respect, and to support an inclusive culture. The ultimate goal is to make Aldersgate more equitable for elders we serve, staff, and board members by fully embracing all dimensions of diversity including race, age, religion, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, culture, socioeconomic status, and other facets of life that make our community unique.


Aldersgate Statement
Mission, Vision, and Values

July 30, 2019

NYC May Have MOMA, But Only Aldersgate Has OMA

–Art Show and Silent Auction Reception August 28, 2019–

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Aldersgate is the only retirement living community in North Carolina to offer this unique, ground-breaking program to its elders.

August 28, Aldersgate will host the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) Art Show and Silent Auction Reception at The Wintergarden at Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, N.C. from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Through OMA, elders express themselves, despite their diagnosis of dementia. The projects are intentionally structured to promote the social engagement, autonomy and dignity of the artists with dementia.

The OMA art-making process involves carefully structured steps aimed at maximizing the possibility of creative expression. Elder artists are provided with manageable choices and failure-free activities that allow them to become active agents in their own creative process. Each artist is paired with a volunteer in six, one-on-one art-making sessions. The relationship building between the elder artist and the volunteer are a win-win for all parties -– allowing our elders with dementia to have a no-risk environment for creative expression and giving our volunteers an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with people with dementia. The OMA program also showcases, for all audiences, that creativity and self-expression are not diminished with a diagnosis of dementia.

All proceeds from the auction help enrich the Aldersgate Cuthbertson Village memory care community and support the OMA program. If you would like to make a gift to this program, you can donate here.


About OMA

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Developed in 2007 at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center in Oxford, Ohio, the program is grounded in person-centered care principles. The failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with dementia. OMA also provides volunteers with opportunities to improve their attitudes toward aging through the weekly interaction with OMA program participants.

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