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Give the Elderly the Gift of Music

Schools and churches commonly visit nursing homes during the holiday season to sing carols, but during the rest of the year, nursing homes often don’t have a lot of visitors.

You can help solve this issue by arranging to play an instrument or sing at your local nursing home. You don't have to be an expert for them to appreciate your music. Playing music for an audience might sound intimidating to some people, but in reality, it is no different than just practicing the piano, violin or any other instrument you play, except that you’ll be bringing joy to others.


Sometimes the elderly simply enjoy being able to see the younger generations, who they may not interact with on a regular basis. Simply visiting them will make them feel special, especially those who don’t have many friends or get very many visitors.

Step It Up

Arrange to play an instrument or sing at a nursing home in your area. Or organize a field trip for your school choir to sing at a nursing home every semester. Learn to sing or play some “oldies” that will bring them back to their youth.

Keep It Simple

Can’t read music or carry a tune? Volunteer the talents you do have at a local nursing home. Many nursing homes are in need of volunteers for other activities like helping with crafts, bingo or simply just serving dinner.

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