It is an honor to write a review for Sing for Your Seniors. I have been involved as a board member and am amazed at this organization's ability to expand, inspire, and contribute to humanity throughout the USA. Led by an inspiring woman, Jackie Vanderbeck, this organization will continue to touch elders in our communities for many years to come.
I've been honored to be working with this organization for several years now and the joy that Sing For Your Seniors brings to the patients of the hospitals and care facilities visited are beyond immeasurable. Not only does Sing For Your Seniors lift up the spirits of those people they come in contact with, but, more importantly, for many it also helps to bring solace and a safe environment for emotional catharsis with coming to terms with life's set of circumstances. As the saying goes, "Art and music is healing" and it is demonstrated with Sing For Your Seniors daily.
Having been a part of Sing For Your Seniors board and working on the development of their website, I have watched this organization work tirelessly to bring the joy of music to senior citizens in New York and California. Their passion for their art is overwhelming, and has truly brought so much joy into the lives of others.
You need proof? Just read some of the wonderful comments on their website, not only from the people who ask Sing For Your Seniors to come and sing for them, but from the singers themselves! For any performer out there who is looking for meaning in their art, there is no stronger meaning than watching the faces of those who grew up watching some of the most classic performers of the 20th century STILL enjoying the music that our newer generation brings to the table. A true testament to the power of music, and a true testament to Sing For Your Seniors, an organization that realizes the power that music still has on the world!
This organization is like no other. It brings the universal language of music to those who are otherwise unable to experience a live performance. You feel an entirely new human connection when you see someone literally light up when they recognize the song you're singing. That's what makes the people at these centers look forward to Sing For Your Seniors performances - even schedule their days around them. And for the performers, you always walk out of a session feeling total joy.
It's just an incredible thing to be a part of, and it's open for anyone to join.
Why should great music in NYC be for only those who are able to get up out of their beds or homes and travel to see a show? Shouldn’t beautiful music and fun songs that bring laughter and joy be brought to everyone? SFYS seeks out those in retirement homes, cancer hospitals, and nursing homes to come to say to them through song “You are valuable and you deserve to hear these songs as much if not more than anyone else.” Those of us who participate I think are reminded of why we do what we do-to bring joy and smiles and meaning to peoples lives. Not only is there music, but there is social interaction. We get the opportunity to create relationships with the seniors. These types of homes and centers can oftentimes feel lonely, lack beauty, and be just a way to pass time. SFYS though doesn’t accept the way things are in the world but strives to make the world a better place. Every session, I believe, is creating the world that ought to be-a place of friendship, hope, and love. Music and stories are a powerful thing! This is a truly wonderful organization that makes a big difference in people's lives!
Sing For Your Seniors causes chronic joy! I am so honored to be a part of this organization. Our volunteerism might even be more rewarding to us than it even is to the wonderful people for whom we sing. Music is really a healing and bonding force. More people need to know about SFYS. Spread the word!!!
SFYS is a truly special organization. They have an effortless way of reaching out and touching the lives of those who may be homebound or otherwise unable to enjoy live performances from professional musicians in the NYC area. Not only does the audience get a real treat!, but SYFS acts as a musical "playground" for actors and musicians to come and discover new things about themselves and their artistry. Not to be missed!!!
Sing For Your seniors is an amazing organization. I've wanted to volunteer to sing for the elderly in NYC for years and you'd be surprised how difficult it is. SFYS makes it easy to participate and on top of that creates the most wonderful and warm atmosphere. Everyone there gives so much of themselves (both the performers and the audience!) and it's such a heart warming and uplifting experience. I think the work of SFYS is so important and valuable -- spreading joy and creating meaningful connections.
I have had the pleasure of knowing these wonderful talented people for 6 years. They come to perform at the adult day health center where I work. I can not begin to tell you how much the patients love when they come to perform, the smiles on their faces are priceless! The majority of the patients have Alzhiemers and dementia, some have had strokes, blind, in wheelchairs, but no matter what, it never ceases to amaze me how they sing along, dance in their wheel chairs or clap their hands whenever Sing For Your Seniors come around. Music is universal.. it heals, and these singers definately bring that good medicine!! ! The love and kindness and compassion they have for our patients is so heartwarming..., they are truly a blessing!!!!!
I've had the wonderful opportunity to be involved with this organization for several years and it is truly an inspired non-for-profit! Music is such a huge part of our lives and it's a blessing to be able to share it with those who are unable to get out and enjoy it. It is a gift witness the patients and seniors light up when an old familiar tune is sung. To see them clap, sing along and sometimes get out of their chairs and dance takes my breath away! And SFYS not only brings unbelievable entertainment but social contact as well. We get a chance to meet them, hug them and really get to know them. To see regular attenders in their same spot every week eager to hear the music. Getting Valentine's Day cards from them or just hearing them say it's so nice to see young people reiterates for me every visit, what SFYS is all about.