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Songs for seniors


Volunteer musicians Bill Paton on the banjo and Jay Hughes on the piano.

When one Googles “Songs for seniors,” there are 3,250,000 results. One reason is that our older generation grew up listening and singing the same songs no matter where they were raised. Seniors love to sing. They love to belt out their old favorites. They enjoy it even more when others join in—especially younger volunteers. Seniors relish the opportunity to laugh and share some happy singing time with the Jewish Pavilion volunteers.

Bonnie Epstein serves a resident.

Even seniors with dementia recall the songs of their youth. The “music memory” kicks in when seniors hear an old tune they used to know.

Jewish Pavilion volunteers, Gloria Newberger, Zelda King and Bonnie Epstein lead a weekly sing-a-long at Savannah Court in Maitland. When professional musicians join them, the party pleasure is doubled.

To donate your musical talents, email Julie Levitt, a program director at the Jewish Pavilion, juliejewishpavilion@gmail.com.


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