Musical Activities for Older People
Started in 2005, Sing For Your Life is a registered charity that supports musical activities for older people through singing.
They provide regular sessions of music making through their Silver Song Clubs through out day centre’s in the UK.
We all know that singing a song can be a great way to bring people together as well as providing a fun and exciting way to help people with mental conditions such as dementia.
The benefits of song and movement for the elderly can be huge with research seeming to suggest that singing can promote memory stimulation, physical co-ordination, helps combat loneliness, isolation and depression.
It is also suggested that singing a song can also contribute towards people needing fewer visits to their GP and fewer prescriptions.
The Sing for your Life programme now has over 40 clubs throughout England and is supported by professionals and volunteers in hospitals, care homes and day centre’s for the elderly.
How musical activities work
Silver Song Clubs work by using a range of musical activities that are playing to music that are tailored to the age range of those taking part. The music is designed to evoke memories of the participants and all are encouraged to join in the fun.
The activities involving music will include helping and encouraging the participants to use a range of easy to use instruments such as hand chimes and percussion instruments combined with gentle chair exercises.
National Lottery Grant
The Kent based charity has received over £250,000 of National Lottery Funding which has allowed it to train musicians and singers as well as carers and volunteers to deliver the music sessions throughout England to a wide range of people.
With the latest National Lottery grant they have developed a unique opportunity for carers to lead music sessions themselves through its “Silver Box System”. This is where volunteers and carers use a modern version of the Victorian pianola, allowing music session to be taken by people who have not had any musical training.
* Sing for your Life have reached the finals of The national Lottery Awards. Their Silver Song Clubs are competing in the “Best Health Project” along with 6 other projects. With the winners appearing on the BBC.
Or visit the website www.Singforyourlife.org.uk or you can watch the video below for more information