I have been working in local care homes since 2009, encouraging older people to participate in singing and music-making. This includes homes caring for people with dementia. Singing and improvising with instruments brings joy, creative expression, and physical activity and creates a strong feeling of community.
With singing, I provide the accompaniment on acoustic guitar and we sing just about anything ! Traditional songs, popular hits from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, spirituals and anything that brings a smile to our faces and gets the participants clapping along. They often spontaneously remember songs from days gone by and I’m always open to creative musical happenings. Care staff are very much included and often help out by handing out printed words.