Workshops for Senior Citizens
We provide an inspirational, highly recommended and successful facilitated drum circle program for seniors at all functioning levels. Numerous recent studies strongly indicate that participation in activities such as ensemble drumming diminish the effects of senile dementia, and may even prevent the onset of such disorders. There are many benefits to creating music in a group, and it is widely accepted by teachers, youth workers, music therapists, and health practitioners as being an effective way to encourage life skills and develop confidence and self-esteem. The physical exercise of playing the drum is extremely beneficial, especially for helping with coordination and concentration. Participants report improvement in general coordination, walking, speaking, sleeping, and thought process, and experience a boost in self-esteem and overall confidence. We use a variety of different instruments, including the djembe hand drum, which contributes many different sounds and opportunities within the group. Drumming is fun and interesting, providing opportunities to connect with individuals who do not usually respond to other programs.