The health benefits of singing out loud have been well documented – there are all sorts of good reasons to limber up and exercise your vocal chords, including making you happier, improving your breathing and posture. With that in mind, Age Concern Nelson Tasman has just launched a great new initiative for older people. Sing Yourself Well is on every Tuesday morning at our hall on Oxford Street, and is a great opportunity to come along, learn some fun, familiar songs and meet new people.
The sessions are led by passionate singer and choir leader Ruth Collingham, who now lives in Wakefield, and was the Founding Singing Leader of the highly successful Sing Your Lungs Out choir in Wellington. Ruth says Sing Yourself Well is not about being a great singer, but simply having a go and making it fun and relaxing. The sessions are aimed at people of all singing abilities.
Sing Yourself Well is on Tuesdays at 10am to 11.30, with morning tea. For more information contact Marrit on 5447624 ext 4, or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, Sally Curtis of Motueka offered us her part Clydesdale horse named Tyson for a PetConnect visit. Tyson was a huge hit with the older people at The Wood and at the Enliven day programme . Tyson’s visit was incredibly moving for some and was talked about for days.
Tyson seemed, with a touch of his nose, to be able to draw memories and reactions from people that were at times emotional and all were beautiful. He and Sally attracted some media attention as a result and TV1’s Seven Sharp programme came to visit and film him at The Wood Retirement Village on a repeat visit last week. Follow the link to see the story .
We are looking forward to being able to share Tyson’s gift with more people in the region soon thanks to the generosity of his owner and soul buddy, Sally Curtis. Many older people are forced to give up their animals when they move into smaller accommodations and they miss them. We run regularly PetConnect events in rest homes, community centres and other aged-care facilities to give people the chance to connect over their love of animals.
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