We are committed to thinking about the short-term and the long-term effects of our mission. With the senior communities working to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, unfortunately we are unable to continue our live visits. Social connectedness is incredibly important to the quality of everyday life, especially to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. However, we do have some good news! Through modern day technology, we have found a way to conduct The Cheering Voices through virtual visits which has been launched and is going very well.
Cheering for Charity Foundation’s, “The Cheering Voices”, is a program that professional musicians together with trained facilitators engage both the residents and their caregivers/families. The facilitators encourage resident’s involvement during live musical sessions by singing along, dancing, using hand-held musical instruments, smiling, using positive statements, and gentle but active movements.
“My mother, in the last 6 months of her life, was unable to speak and had very little recognition. One day when I arrived at the nursing home a musical group was performing, I couldn’t believe it, my mother was singing the “The Old Rugged Cross”, she knew every word. This brought her and I both so much joy! That’s the power of music, it arouses dormant memories even in those whose minds are failing. I am extremely excited about this program.“
Priscilla Groh, President & Founder of Cheering for Charity Foundation
The Cheering Voices Program:
5 week-1 hour program for residents, facility caregivers and families.
Create positive moods
Manage stress levels
Encourage small motor movements
Create positive moments between the residents and their caregivers/families
As memory disorders progress, individuals lose the ability to share thoughts and gestures of affection with their loved ones but they retain the ability to move to the beat until very late in the disease process. The resident’s level of activity can increase immediately during the session by starting slowly with slight head swaying and moving, and then may advance to quickly tapping of feet and clapping along to the music. Some people have a much more profound response and even begin dancing and singing along.
Priscilla and her mother Helen.