Here at Ardenwoods, we embrace the joy of music and the power of rhythm, and there’s no better time to celebrate than National Drum Month in May.
On May 1, Ardenwoods hosted Rhythm Facilitator, Larry McDowell, who led our residents in a wonderful drum circle event, coinciding with the festive tradition of May Day. Though it was a quite chilly afternoon, Larry’s infectious enthusiasm quickly warmed the hearts of residents, who were overjoyed to experience the thrill of community percussion. Bringing both musical magic and a slew of instruments to the annual event, Larry and his son encouraged participants to chant the uplifting and inspiring message, “life is change,” in between boisterous beats.
And it’s no wonder many residents look forward to this event each year: Drumming has been shown to bring brain-boosting benefits for people of all ages — but it’s especially fruitful for seniors.
DRUM CIRCLES CAN:
Build a sense of community. As the rhythmic beats echoed through the air on May 1, so did the sense of togetherness and camaraderie. The event served as a reminder that music transcends age and brings people closer.
Produce therapeutic effects. Beyond just enjoyment and social connection, drumming holds numerous therapeutic benefits for seniors. The steady beats and vibrations can have a positive impact on overall well-being — stimulating the brain, enhancing cognitive function and promoting focus and concentration. It can also provide a cathartic release for emotions, reducing stress levels and bringing a sense of calm and inner peace.
Improve physical abilities. Drumming can improve coordination, circulation, motor skills and dexterity, making it an excellent form of exercise for seniors. Feeling the rhythm at your fingertips also provides a powerful boost of energy that creates a ripple effect throughout the body — even energizing the immune system.
Simply be fun. Jamming with other residents in a drum circle is a great way to simultaneously learn new skills, express yourself musically and be social. Just about anyone can beat out a basic rhythm, so no experience is required to have fun.
The annual drum circle never fails to ignite a thunderous spirit here at Ardenwoods, unleashing our residents’ inner rockstar and showcasing the healing power of percussion. As the energy of this event reverberates throughout our community, we invite our residents to continue honoring National Drum Month by embracing the rhythm of life — together.