Holding On To Our Most Valuable Asset: The Minds Of The Elderly
As technology and media continues to advance at a rapid rate, we as a society are forgetting our most valuable asset; our senior citizens. The greatest new ideas are forged from old ones, and integrating the experience and wisdom of our older generations would only help Seattle to flourish and prosper. I have witnessed so many wise and wonderful elderly people left to waste away in nursings homes, as their incredibly memories fade away and the lessons they could have taught us are lost. Being a musician, I've had the opportunity to use my skills to perform and engage seniors in nursings homes from the West Coast to the East. Music is the most powerful tool for retaining memory, spirit, and enriching the lives of our seniors.
So what I propose for this new maker city, is a service that allows musicians and performers to travel across the city once per week solely to perform and engage elderly citizens. Similar to a cleaning service, musicians could sign up with this organization and have schedules at certain nursing homes and hospitals each week, as well as specialized transport vehicles. Over time the musicians would come to know the citizens, be able to engage with them personally, and even learn songs that remind them of memories from their lives. Not only would the elderly be enriched and filled with hope, our musicians would have the tools to share their stories and experiences with the world. I have seen music heal the minds and spirits of old and young people alike, and it truly is magical.
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