MUSIC ON WHEELS
Encouraging minds - bringing music to
senior retirement homes
Multi-generational educational programs are greeted with great enthusiasm!
InConcert Sierra hires professional musicians to perform at local assisted living homes presenting an hour-long concert. As many residents are unable to get out and attend live performances, ICS feels it is important to take the music to them.
The program was inspired, in part, by increasing scientific evidence demonstrating how music, especially classical music, keeps older people’s spirits up and minds sharp. It can also reduce heart rates, blood pressure, and anxiety. Studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients –as well as having a positive effect on mental health, physical health, and social functioning in older adults. It also feels like the right thing to do!
The comments from our first few concerts were exceptional and the audience was greatly appreciative:
“Best music I’ve ever heard – I’ve never heard music like that in my life.”
– Ed (resident), Hilltop Commons
“A very special performance — different than most of our entertainment – I particularly liked classics for a change!” – resident, Hilltop Commons
“It was excellent — I hope you saw the faces of the residents!”
– caretaker, Atria Senior Living
“What a pleasant treat for my afternoon. It changed my demeanor. Crisp! Enchanting!”
– resident, Atria Senior Living
Special thanks to Music on Wheels Chair Rafael Diaz for his enthusiasm, support and sponsorship of this pilot program.