“Sharing is Caring”
From January to December 2021, Piano Expressions with Corey will send over 300 videos of student performances to all 130 personal care homes across the province to help bring joy to the residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 10,000 elders enjoy our 30-minute virtual recitals each month!
"Safe at Home Manitoba Grants"
In April 2021, "Sharing is Caring" was selected to receive a "Safe at Home Manitoba Grant".
What is “Sharing is Caring"?
“Sharing is Caring” is a virtual, intergenerational, community outreach program in which piano recitals featuring dozens of students of Piano Expressions with Corey are shared monthly with care homes across Manitoba for the entire year of 2021. This program facilitates an important connection between elders and younger generations through music, artwork and virtual communication.
What is our purpose?
The pandemic has been incredibly difficult—most of all for our elders. Dozens of personal care homes have had COVID-19 outbreaks, and one can only imagine the challenges that nursing and recreation staff face each day, working tirelessly to prevent loneliness and isolation. “Sharing is Caring” will provide staff with a valuable resource to help lift the spirits of the elders this winter and spring.
Who are we reaching?
One benefit of this new virtual format is that we can expand our reach considerably. By working directly with Regional Health Authorities across MB, "Sharing is Caring" has been strategically set up to include all of the 130 personal care homes in Manitoba, meaning almost 10,000 elders across the province be able to enjoy our students’ musical performances.
How are our recitals viewed?
Recreation Managers receive a link to a YouTube Playlist around the 22nd of each month to view one of our piano recitals, along with a program description they can use to introduce the recital to their residents. As a personal touch, this email also includes a PDF of photos of original artwork and letters made by our students, which can be printed and given to residents to help cheer them up.
These recitals may be viewed either in a one-on-one setting, with staff and volunteers bringing a tablet to show student performances to the residents in their rooms (and put up a photo of student artwork in their room), or they may choose to set up a laptop/projector and watch the recitals safely in small groups.
After watching each video, the program facilitator is then encouraged to ask the resident(s) what they thought of the performance, and write a short, anonymous comment directly on the child’s video in the YouTube Playlist. Our students are able to read the comments from elders, and are in turn be motivated to write letters and create artwork to send back to them.
How long will “Sharing is Caring” last?
The program will feature twelve recitals, being sent out each month from January to December 2021.
What do the Studies Say?
Benefits of Live Music Performances
Music appears to be a unique and powerful stimulus for reaffirming personal identity and social connectedness in individuals with dementia. Music can elicit emotions and memories and help provide a link to a person's past and promote interconnection with caregivers and others with dementia. (Read source here.)
Benefits of Intergenerational Programs
After interacting with children, people living with dementia have a higher level of positive engagement, and a higher frequency of smiling and conversation. Intergenerational interaction serves as a meaningful activity and improves the quality of life by reducing behavioural challenges and improving social development. (Read source here.)
Now Accepting Students
Our Piano Expressions with Corey studio is full for the 2021-2022 Session, and we will now be accepting students for the 2022-2023 Waiting List.