Sitting attentively in her chair, a senior at the Elderday facility raises her arms, mirroring the conductor’s movements in readying the performers to begin; her gesture a statement of her presence in the moment.
Music has a profound effect on most people–and a significant impact on the elderly. It is often used in elder therapy and has a wide range of effects from cognitive to social and emotional.
Under the direction of Alex Koppel, students brought music and joy to the elderly at Elderday Health Care Facility in Santa Cruz this December. Performing to a packed common room, students sang choral pieces to a rapt audience. These songs were also performed at the annual Winter Music Concert.
Kirby students actively seek opportunities to serve their community in meaningful ways and are encouraged to become engaged citizens.