Cheering for Charity Foundation’s, “The Cheering Voices”, is a program that professional musicians together with trained facilitators engage both the nursing home 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:
4 week-1 hour program for individuals and caregivers.
Creation of a shared experience
Meaningful time spent together
Stimulation for reminiscence of family bonds
Priscilla and her mother Helen.
Music repertoire will be chosen by participants and their caregivers, arranged by professional musicians. The structure and focus of the live music sessions will be tailored to the individual preferences of group members and as such can provide the following benefits:
Enhance speech volume and clarity
Promote working memory and short-term memory maintenance
Positive changes in mood and emotional states
Sense of control over life through successful experiences
Anxiety and stress reduction