The Issue: Health Benefits of Music for Senior Citizens
Many seniors in long-term-care facilities and hospitals are effectively homebound. Whether injured or ill, many cannot travel easily or afford to attend cultural events in the area. However, musical performances in care facilities can provide myriad health benefits. Music in the intensive-care unit can reduce people’s perception of pain, lower blood pressure, and increase relaxation, according to a report from Stanford Hospital. In addition, concerts can help improve psychological states by increasing social interaction among residents and giving them something to look forward to.
The Campaign: Performing Baroque Music for Seniors
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Salish Sea Players to perform baroque chamber-music concerts for local senior citizens who could not otherwise attend a professional concert. For every $300 raised, the trio of musicians can perform one 60-minute concert at a local care facility or hospital. When Salish Sea Players perform in these venues, the facilities usually pay as much as they can afford through the fair-share method—usually a small portion of what a concert costs, though sometimes nothing at all.
Before and after the concerts, the three performing musicians invite people to ask questions about the music and instruments: two baroque violins and a harpsichord. The concerts themselves include baroque pieces from composers including Handel and Purcell.