Aged Care Narratives » The Sound of World Music Day at Arcare
July 6, 2020
Written by Jamie Loh
Arcare residences across the nation were filled with the sounds of music as clients and team members gathered for special concerts and exclusive performances.
Clients were getting up on their feet dancing while others warmed up their vocal chords and sang along.
The Lifestyle team aims to foster a sense of continuity, fulfilment and purpose by encouraging clients to keep up with their hobbies and develop new skills.
Clients and team members at Arcare Maroochydore were treated to a live music performance by client Ron and his Frendz group for World Music Day.
Before moving into Arcare Maroochydore, the Frendz group regularly performed for clients in the Dementia Community.
After moving into the residence, his friends continued to come in and play, including Ron himself, who plays the piano.
They have been together for 5 years but they have all known each other for 15 years after meeting at a keyboard class.
Prior to the performance, 97-year-old Ron was very excited to play for his friends at the residence and to play with his Frendz again.
He was already practicing some of his favourite songs such as ‘Für Elise’ and ‘A Beautiful Lady in Blue’, which reminds him of his wife who passed away 12 years ago.
‘I am very happy to be playing with the ladies again, I loved music my whole life and it brings me joy and happiness,’ Ron shared.
It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Ron’s musical skills and to share his love of music with others, enabling a sense of purpose and fulfillment for Ron.
The clients and team members at Arcare Oatlands are big fans of all things music.
Every week, team member Jay-R brings in his guitar and sings for the clients.
One such client is Harrison Gee who looks forward to Jay-R’s visits each week.
‘It brightens my day, I absolutely love Jay coming in to play his music for me,’ Harrison shared.
Harrison himself plays the piano and appreciates good music, so Jay’s visits mean the world to him. You’ll often hear Harry singing Jay’s praises to everyone he meets!
And it’s wonderful to see that music always has a way of bringing people together, no matter the age.
And they celebrated World Music Day by gathering as they do every Friday morning for a session of choir practice.
However, there were a few musical surprises up their sleeves for the clients to enjoy this week.
Client John Passmore who is the choir leader, was part of a Welsh Choir for many years.
John leads our choir group every week and he find great pride in doing so as he has the opportunity to share his musical experience with everybody.
‘We are so lucky to have John lead us in the choir, he has such a beautiful voice,’ Sylvia commented.
As a surprise, he sung a beautiful solo of one of his favourite songs, ‘Danny Boy’ for the choir group.
One of our well-loved team members Jay also joined in with his guitar and his vocals.
He went on to lead the clients in singing ‘You are my Sunshine’ and ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love’.
‘This really brings me back to my childhood. My family and I used to sit around the piano together as my sister played and we would sing these same kinds of songs,’ Sydney shared.
Jason, who has dementia, religiously plays the piano every Monday from memory for the other clients in Arcare Parkwood.
He takes special requests for songs and even plays original music from his own albums.
Music is an important part of Jason’s life as his musical talent was already starting to show when he formed a band in his teens.
During his performance at the residence, Jason would often share stories from his musical career or form his personal life.
While playing familiar songs such as ‘Edelweiss’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’, clients can’t help but close their eyes and relax to the melodic sounds.
‘I could listen to his piano music all day, every day,’ a client shared.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in mid 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community, community engagement and internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent communications and engaging ideas to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and the wider communities. Jamie utilises a diverse array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness and is always advocating for new methods of communicating in different strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie worked with Brisbane's top Public Relations firms and participated in an intensive language program in Tokyo, Japan.