Singing for Wellbeing Sociable singing sessions for older people


Val Stagg
Val Stagg (Holistic Voice Coach and Complementary Therapist)
Music, dancing, singing and reminiscence

 

Singing is good for you!

The sounds we produce while singing resonate in our bodies and throughout our whole being, creating feelings of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Singing for Wellbeing’s experience bears out research that singing can enhance wellbeing by stimulating the senses, increasing attentiveness and communication, helping to orient in the present and prompting memory.

"Singing increases verbal communication, stimulates patients’ collaboration during routine tasks, improves their mood and reduces agitation."

Brown S, Götell E, & Ekman SL (2001) Singing as a Therapeutic Intervention in Dementia Care. Journal of Dementia Care 9: 33-7.

Singing for Wellbeing sessions provide an opportunity for people to participate on a variety of levels. From singing, playing percussion, dancing with scarves and other props to more receptive participation, such as sharing a story evoked by a particular song or ‘just listening’.

Singing for Wellbeing sessions start with chair-based movements to relax and energise, followed by simple and fun vocal warm-ups to gently promote better breathing and optimum use of the available voice.  Participants are then invited to join in with singing songs from a wide repertoire, ranging from traditional through music hall, popular standards from the 20’s and 30’s, war-time favourites, musicals of stage and screen to classic pop of the 50’s onwards. The selection can be tailored to your group’s needs.

We always like to greet clients with a ‘hello song’, our current favourite being ‘Hello Dolly’; and close with a goodbye ballad such as ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’. Gentle movements are encouraged where appropriate as is the playing of hand-held percussion.

A Singing for Wellbeing session would not be complete without sharing stories, reminiscences and songs over a nice cup of tea, either at the end or as a ‘half-time’ break. The choice is yours!

"For a full-time carer, a blessing to see again the smile I loved."

John, participant in Singing for Wellbeing's community singing sessions for people with dementia and their carers. 2008.


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