Dear Residents, Families, and Friends,
We had a blast hosting our first Intergenerational Music Program with our Highlands residents in August!
Residents were joined by children from Kensington Park and the local community to make music together.
Our Little Friends, parents, and Grand Friends sang songs, danced, played instruments, and read a storybook together. At the start of the event, the children were understandably shy being around so many new faces;
however, by the end of the program, the children were giving high-fives, chatting, playing, and reading storybooks with our residents! It was a heartening sight to see our Little Friends infusing our Grand Friends with their energy and enthusiasm, while our Grand Friends reciprocated by sharing their wisdom, musical talents, and kindness.
Intergenerational Music Programs serve as a powerful bridge, connecting generations within our community through the universal language of music. These programs benefit everyone involved by improving attitudes and interactions across generations. Some younger children may not have many opportunities to interact with grandparents or older adults, and music provides so many opportunities for social bonding. Think about those moments in your own life when music brought you closer to others – perhaps a favorite song during a car ride with a sibling, singing and dancing at family gatherings, or crooning lullabies to your children or grandchildren. Through music, children can find it easy to connect with our seniors, opening doors to valuable social
We are so thrilled to continue this heartwarming program at Kensington Park, and we invite you to keep an eye out for our upcoming Intergenerational Music Events. Thank you all for being a part of this experience.
For more information on music therapy or brain wellness, contact Julia McCarren at JMcCarren@kensingtonsl.com.