WeLoveU volunteers visit and hold consolatory parties for senior citizens who devoted their lives to their families.
A dozen WeLoveU volunteers met at The Landing at Willow Grove to host a senior appreciation event. The Landing at Willow Grove is a personal care and senior living community located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The appreciation event held on January 28, 2018, is part of WeLoveU’s social welfare initiative.
Volunteer’s Visit Provides Musical Healing
The itinerary for the day was a list of musical performances because listening to music provides therapeutic value to listeners. WeLoveU made sure to entertain the seniors as many are battling with Alzheimer’s. Sources suggest that listening or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease. In America, 1 in 10 people age 65 and older battle with Alzheimer’s. In addition, it’s important to bring live performances to the residents who may not be able to experience them otherwise.
An Afternoon of Joy
WeLoveU volunteers introduced themselves to all the senior residents; the room was packed. Simultaneously, preparations for the performances also began.
Thoughtfully, volunteers created a program to include songs the residents consider to be their favorite musical past times. The room’s atmosphere changed when volunteers sang “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross and also “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, the Disney classic. Senior residents became more and more engaged as Elvis impersonations, dance performances, and impromptu Frank Sinatra requests were added throughout the event. The crowd of attendees increased because news about the event spread throughout the building.
Fun for the Family
A handful of residents also had family members visiting. Visitors expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the volunteers who prepared a fun afternoon at The Landing at Willow Grove. In particular, a resident’s daughter was visiting and said, “I’m really grateful that the WeLoveU Foundation is here singing because it makes my mom’s whole spirit change. Now I can leave here knowing I can leave her here happy.”
The WeLoveU volunteers concluded the event exclaiming their signature “We love you!” salutation to all the senior residents. With warm hugs and bright smiles, they said their goodbyes.