Almost daily now we are hearing, and seeing, news stories about our lonely and isolated seniors living in long-term care. Recently, the BC Senior's Advocate (Isobel Mackenzie) issued a report stating "seniors would rather die from COVID-19 than from the loneliness they are experiencing from being separated from their families."
This COVID pandemic has left the most vulnerable of our society isolated and alone like never before.
But there ARE efforts to try and help out in many ways, and I wonder if people know about an amazing approach called the Heart for Music program. The sole goal of this program is to fund and provide music therapy programs within long-term care facilities.
If any of your readers saw the video clip of the woman with Alzheimer's, remembering her Swan Lake ballet, there is no denying the power of music.
The Heart for Music program has an online auction underway, is soliciting corporate sponsorships, is creating individual / personalized playlists for seniors, has live music showing up outside of care homes, and is collecting Christmas Cards for seniors at their tree that is part of the Tsawwassen Springs Festival of Lights.
There are so many ways we can help our seniors in care. Sometimes people just need to be aware of the opportunities that are out there to help our seniors. I encourage anyone interested to look into the Heart for Music program to learn more (just google Heart For Music).