Wayne Henderson singing his favorite song
A new sing-along group has formed here at our Primrose community in Lancaster.
What started as a small group of four has expanded into an assembly of about twenty residents! When the sing-alongs first began, we were singing a capella. Without music, the songs were fun, but we were all a little self-conscious about our singing. That’s when we decided to make a list of all of our favorite old but well-known songs, download them, and put them on a CD. We then put books together with all of the lyrics to the songs.
The rest is history.
The music brought residents, resident family members, and even the Primrose staff into the café to sing their hearts out. “Sing-alongs seemed like a silly idea, but they turned out to be so much fun and me and my friends never miss them,” one resident commented.
We usually start singing around 3pm and don’t stop until we get kicked out of the café for dinner! We discovered that one resident, who does not usually talk or interact with others, thoroughly enjoys singing “Take me out to the Ballgame.” The other residents were so excited that this resident was actually participating and enjoying herself that they started singing “Take me out to the Ballgame” at least ten times during our sing-alongs just to see her smiling and singing. Another resident claimed he hasn’t had this much fun singing since his singing group he traveled with in college. “You can always make someone smile with a song,” he said after a sing-along session last week.
We have just recently made a new extensive list of songs to be downloaded for our next Primrose sing-along gathering. The residents are extremely excited to start singing the new songs and invite more friends to join in on the fun!
by Traci Giles
Life Enrichment Coordinator
To find out more about the musical harmony at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!