Music, creativity and aging

It’s JUNOs Week here in Canada and London Ontario is the 2019 host city. It’s great to see young, emerging talent. Our Creative Age network members and associates are very honoured to support and promote art, music and rhythmic instruction for children/youth through charitable donations.

However, older adults sometimes deepen their connection with music when they retire or experience greater personal freedoms. They still want to explore, learn, play and perform. Admittedly, the skills development process might be slower and we need to overcome barriers to participation.

Here in London Ontario and area, our creative aging workshops are design to help people recall melodies, lyrics and rhythms that are sometimes embedded deeply in the brain and muscle memory. Sometimes the music is fresh and still an important part of the person’s life or current cultural identity.

These creative arts programs and activities can include rhythmic training, body movement, music recall and music appreciation. Our participants range in age from 55 to 85 and older.

That’s quite a musical history and cultural span. We have boomers who want to learn to play Beatles and 60s songs on stage.. Others want to sing or groove along with big band swing era recordings.

Personally, I try to keep up with rhythmic expressions, keyboards and ukulele. My brain is required to connect with my hands in different tempos, using different finger patterns. The change up is good. It keeps my brain alert.

Creative Age programs are offered through seniors centres, retirement homes, VON and seniors apartments. We will work with people who want or need individual training. Besides skill development, another goal of the program is to help groups organize performances, musical theatre productions, exhibits and other social interactions.

Contact: getkathysmith@gmail.com

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