Music brightens the day of seniors in care homes

Seniors in our community were able to sit down and enjoy a recorded concert recently. The Sakamoto Agency started an initiative where they book artists to play prerecorded concerts to 100 care homes across the country. The idea was to inspire seniors who have felt isolated during the pandemic. In Lethbridge, the Edith Cavell Care Centre showcased a recent concert. The Promotions and Logistics Manager for the agency, Joelle May, says the shows have been a huge hit.

The idea for the shows all started at The Meadow Ridge Seniors Village in Medicine Hat after they approached Sakamoto Agency to get some music going for the seniors at their facility.

May says that the agency has received a lot of feedback from Recreational Therapists that work at the care homes and play the music for the seniors, “We get quotes back from the seniors about how they enjoyed the show.”

Sakamoto Agency hasn’t been able to book shows due to the pandemic, so this was a nice change of pace for the agency, “This has kept the agency going as much as it keeps the seniors going. The artists too. They get the comments back about how much these concerts are enjoyed. It keeps them going as well,” adds May.

The Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge has received six shows, and there is another one booked for April.

Artists that are featured on the videos include Duane Steele, Bobby Wills, The Washboard Union, Aaron Goodvin, Nice Horse, Donny Lee, and Chris Buck.

May says that the agency would be happy to send videos to other care homes around Lethbridge or the country.

For more information, or to donate to the artists you can contact Sakamoto Agency directly

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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