Earlier this week our Katy Cottage residents had a special treat from a local singing and dancing group. One-A-Chord is a Christian singing and entertainment group that provides uplifting programs for residents of retirement, nursing and assisted living homes. The group began in 1995 and originally consisted of all ladies. Throughout the years the group has added men’s bass and tenor voices, giving the group a full sound. Members of the group represent 10 different churches in the Katy community. Their repertoire is made up of a mixture of American songs from pop to rock with plenty of gospel music in between and they in sing patriotic and show tunes. Everyone at the Katy Cottage was thrilled to have One-A-Chord as the entertainment for the day and each and every resident sang and danced to their hearts’ content.
At AutumnGrove Cottage we love to have musical groups come and perform for the residents and their families. Music has proven to be such a strong heeler for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Music therapy, listen to music from a person’s favorite era, can help to change a person’s mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements. Many of the residents at all AutumnGrove Cottage locations have been known to sing, dance or even just smile while listening to their favorite music. The key to music therapy is to play music that our residents know and love. If we were to play the current radio hits, they would most likely have a negative reaction towards it. Our residents are familiar with music from a different era, they grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, big band or even classic hymns. These genres are what bring a smile to their faces, give them the urge to dance around or even hum along with the song. It is amazing that such a simple thing like music can influence the mood of our residents.
The residents at Katy Cottage certainly enjoyed the performance by One-A-Chord! Every resident was seen smiling, laughing, clapping their hands and tapping their toes while listening. The Katy Cottage was a wonderful place to be that day. With a joyous mood and great fun, it was for certain the best party in town.