Summertime is in full swing and for many people, a night at the ballpark is just the right thing to make a summer evening perfect.
Performing in a choir is something I grew up with. I was in a choir from roughly 6th grade all the way through college and for a few years in a regional performance group. When I heard that the Potter Ridge Singers of Potter Ridge Assisted Living were going to be performing at the St. Paul Saints game, I just knew I had to attend.
Performances in front of groups, especially the National Anthem, is not easy. When you are surrounded by your friends, it’s much easier. From the moment I jumped on the bus, I could sense that their group was just that – a bunch of friends having a great time!
On Monday, August 8th, the Potter Ridge Singers from Potter Ridge Assisted Living Community in Red Wing, have been invited to sing the national anthem at the St. Paul Saints game. We are working out more details and will post them as soon as we can.
Debbie Phyland has a simple theory: if you sound in good shape, you probably are.
“Your quality of life and your voice are intricately related: if people’s voices sound good they feel good and vice versa,” she says. “If you’re upset or angry, your voice reflects that. We know there is a strong emotional connection with the voice and that’s been shown in numerous research studies.”
In a paper on the research project they are preparing for publication in an academic journal, Ms Phyland, Dr Oates and Ms Tay say voice exercises may be effective in reversing or lessening negative perceptions and impacts associated with the ageing voice.
That’s from a recent article published at The Age, an online newspaper out of Australia, regarding the positive effects singing has on one’s overall health.
We recently had a new resident based choir begin performing at Potter Ridge Assisted Living Continue reading →
ALFA Short Film Competition winner - "Mind the Gap"
We recently returned from the Assisted Living Federation of America conference and there was a common theme we would like to share.
In today’s society, there seems to be a lot of “ageism” out there. Ageism is defined as discrimination against people on the grounds of age; specifically, discrimination against the elderly. This year, ALFA held a film competition that could help fight ageism in America. If you click here, you can watch the short film that won the competition.
Then just yesterday, I came across this awesome story on MSNBC.com of a gentleman, who dreamed at a younger age, of crossing the Atlantic ocean in a raft. At 85 years old, he set out with three of his friends to build the raft and set sail on the 2,800 mile journey. Continue reading →