Singing GROUPS For Older People

Elderly people or their Carers of the Liverpool area can contact Zsuzsa Kata Horvath at lks@zskhorvath.org to join a local singing group with

  • a Singing Group for Elderly people, or
  • an Intergenerational Singing Group for Bumps to 3-year-olds and Carers as well as Elderly and their Carers.

There will be a small fee or a voluntary donation to pay on arrival.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Zsuzsa

 

What happens in the Singing Groups for Elderly People?

  • You (and your Carer) become part of a singing journey where excuses are created to carry on with the singing in order to gain musical treasures (singing games, songs and rhymes) that will lift up your hearts and that enables to revisit or learn songs by repetition and sing them again at home.
  • Those elderly people whose concentration span has reduced are given no tasks. They can and certainly will join in the games with their parents/ carers whenever they are ready and whenever they want to and may learn a lot just by observing others’ singing. We all must make sure of their safety while in the group.
  • The group leader will communicate directly to people who can still concentrate, presenting them with songs, rhymes and games of high artistic value.
  • A short musical performance is also included by the leader or by guest musicians, which is performed with singing or with an instrument. The sessions are always led with live music; backing tracks are not used.

What will happen to elderly people who participate in the sessions?

Singing and performing movements together with other people creates an emotionally secure environment, in which :

  • those who lost their speech due to dementia, stroke or anxiety, may regain the ability to communicate with others or will be able to use a more accurate communication to express themselves,
  • those who lost movements due to an accident or stroke may be inspired to practice using their weaker limbs together with the other side and get stronger while singing along; while others will keep fit by performing movements with singing
  • their fine and gross motor skills will be preserved and/or improved,
  • their listening skills will improve,
  • their long and short-term memory may improve,
  • people may engage in more social interaction, including initiating visits to the homes of those who are in need (lonely, recovering from an illness, suffering from a self-limiting chronic illness) or to visit and support friends who are in hospital,
  • their eating habits may improve,
  • those who are undergoing bereavement or are caring for the dying may open up their hearts towards other people,
  • elderly may strengthen their family relationships towards younger generations,
  • people’s general health may improve due to a combination of things: emotional security, fitness, network of supportive people and they are less likely need to be admitted to hospital or if they get to hospital, they are less likely to have to stay for long due to the level of support they are getting at home .

 

What is the aim of these singing sessions?

  • The most important in these sessions is to experience the joy of singing and movements together, through which people’s lives can change for the better.
  • Therefore, these sessions are not intended to be led as musical performances; instead they are real examples of active community music making where your own (or your carers’) special voice matters the most among the voices of a group of people who are creating and sharing musical experiences together.

 

Why are Intergenerational Singing Groups the Most Special of All?

Intergenerational singing groups have everything that most family homes lack:joining such a group will ease the pain of

  • parents who maybe emotionally ready to share the burdens to have a baby or little child in their family, but are devastated by not being able to share the joy of having a beautiful child with the child’s grandparent,
  • elderly people, who are unable to share the joy their grandchildren could bring to their lives because either they have none or they are separated from the ones they have.

Group participants

  • will also learn about each other’s lifestyles through imaginary singing journeys where they share things together that they can also share in their real lives, too.
  • may find some direct ways to support each other in their lives.