Song to beat the loneliness blues

Published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , jennifer.bell@thepress.co.uk

ELDERLY people in York could have their stories immortalised in song, as part of a new charity music venture.

Guardian Court care home, in Water Lane, Clifton, is taking part in a national project being organised by its owners Anchor, which involves over-60s contributing to a charity single to raise money to help over-75s who live alone.

Proceeds from the record will go towards the charity Contact The Elderly, which aims to combat the loneliness and social isolation faced by many older people.

Jamar Hesford, of Guardian Court, said: “Music is a powerful medium which brings people together and the record will give older people a voice.

“The lyrics of the song will be shaped by what people from across the country, including York, mention.

“I would like to hear about older people’s achievements, aspirations and the challenges they have overcome in life as well as hearing about the benefits of old age.

“Following the success of the Grey Pride campaign, which raised older people’s issues up the political agenda, we wanted to continue the campaign in a fun way by celebrating the wealth of talent and experience older people have.”

The record will be sung by The Anchor Community Band, which will be made up of older people living in the organisation’s care homes and retirement housing properties across England. The hunt is also on to find a local recording studio where band members in York can record their song free of charge.

Volunteers in North Yorkshire host free, monthly Sunday tea parties in their own homes for the elderly with other charity workers driving and accompanying older people to these events.

Jamar said: “The older people living at Guardian Court are able to enjoy a great community spirit and activities which help them get the most out of life.

“But there are hundreds of older people living in loneliness and isolation in York, who could benefit from the services run by Contact The Elderly.

“This fun event will raise much needed money for this worthwhile cause.”

Any over-60s wanting to share their experiences for the song or recording studios wanting to help with the project can phone Jamar on 01904 652494.

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1:40pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

There is mistaken tendency for well meaning,kind and caring people to falsely assume that all older people want to avoid loneliness by joining similar age groups,drinking tea,and singing the songs of yesteryear. Well not me!
I look towards a more open innovative society, where those with the knowledge and experiences gained through the years can exchange skills with the young.
It could be said that we (70+ etc.) have had it good, so we should be able to help, guide ,and by understanding their problems,develop a healthier integrated society. Does anyone agree?
There is mistaken tendency for well meaning,kind and caring people to falsely assume that all older people want to avoid loneliness by joining similar age groups,drinking tea,and singing the songs of yesteryear. Well not me! I look towards a more open innovative society, where those with the knowledge and experiences gained through the years can exchange skills with the young. It could be said that we (70+ etc.) have had it good, so we should be able to help, guide ,and by understanding their problems,develop a healthier integrated society. Does anyone agree? Older Sometimes Wiser
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