Musical Memories delivers social singing sessions throughout Ryedale in North Yorkshire. These sessions are designed to encourage older people to get together to enjoy singing some of the best loved songs ever written. The sessions are always held in well-known and accessible centres. Our participants receive a warm welcome and refreshments are included for everyone. Name badges help us to get to know each other and we allow plenty of time for friendships to develop.Our objective is to get older people out of their homes and into the community with a common purpose. That purpose is to have fun, meet and make friends. Community singing activities for the elderly in Yorkshire. Contact us here
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We also visit libraries and village halls throughout Ryedale where we run Community singing activities for the elderly in Yorkshire…
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Older individuals have started to participate in group music sessions within their local communities and those set up by dedicated charities supporting older people through their mutual love of music, enabling them to enjoy later life and reducing the risk of common diseases at the same time. So why is music so significant for older people, and what can we learn from this? Below are just some of the reasons as to why people are turning to music as a form of therapy for the mind and body.
Music has evolved over the decades to provide different genres and niches to cater for social development. However, it isn’t uncommon to find older people still listening to the music that takes them back to their childhood, bringing nostalgia and a sense of youth into the present day. This is a perfect example of what music can do for the mind. As well as social affiliation and the feeling of being a part of a community, the pleasure and arousal from hearing the type of music in question, whether it be soft jazz, ballroom or war time music, brings about a positive change psychologically over a period of time.
The British Association for Music Therapy says: “Music is something that we can all relate to regardless of age, and is often central to a person’s sense of identity. It provides us with ways to connect and share feeling, memories and moments with others, and offers stimulation and encourages expression. Music therapy can also enhance exploratory and creative abilities, as well as foster self-esteem and the sense of feeling valued and heard.
“Music therapists work with older adults to support their emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. For a person with dementia, this might mean helping them to connect with their family through shared music making, helping them to feel valued and heard.”
We have all experienced the uplifting qualities that music can bring to our lives, whether that is enjoying it with family or friends, or listening to songs that we associate with special moments from the past. But for older people, music can mean so much more, and that’s where charities such as Live Music Now come in. Their organisations support and enhance the lives and wellbeing of older people in later life through music and singing workshops within care homes around the country.