Sing For Your Life Foundation
Our Impact Why We Exist
Two out of three Canadians have a friend or family member affected by dementia. An even greater number are affected by other age related health challenges, including isolation and loneliness. The quality of life for those living with these challenges, and their caregivers, can be greatly improved upon through innovative approaches to support.
Aging at home is the least expensive and the more desireable option emotionally for seniors but as numbers increase there is a greater need for services. All levels of government are struggling to address these needs by implementing strategies such as Age Friendly Communities. These strategies will not be as effective unless they are supported by other social initiatives.
Our Story What We Do
Sing For Your Life Foundation delivers programs of participatory singing and music-making through regular sessions for older people and where appropriate for their caregivers.
We are the Canadian chapter (established in 2009) of the originating UK charity founded in 2005. Our programming was developed in tandem with research conducted by the Sidneyde Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.
The linked clinically-evaluated (in UK) benefits to the structured singing experience available through the Silver Song Group model include a number of identifiable and measureable wellness outcomes.
We facilitate regular Silver Song Groups in the Okanagan for seniors who are aging at home and who come out to participate with others. The 90-minute sessions are delivered by trained musicians or volunteers in our program. Embedded in each session are activities that strengthen physical, mental and emotional wellness. Integrated into the singing program are the use of percussion instruments and hand-chimes to promote dexterity and co-ordination.
A community break with refreshments encourages development of friendships to offset isolation and loneliness.
Our Programs How We Do It
We seek program and operational funding provided by individual citizens, corporate sponsors, events and grants to maintain existing Silver Song Groups and to establish new groups with the assistance of collaborative partners. Our programs run from September to May, the more challenging months emotionally for many seniors aging at home.
Volunteers manage each group and participants are found through word of mouth, media and other community awareness communications.
What You Can Do
You can be involved with Sing For Your Life! Be a regular volunteer and help at our Silver Song Group sessions with room set-up, welcoming particpants, and helping with song books, instruments and refreshment time. We also welcome help with marketing/social media... and of course, like most charities, direct donations or fund raising support is always appreciated. If you can connect us to older community members who are isolated . . . and encourage them to attend a Silver Song Group (or bring them along yourself) - so much the better!