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Balcony singalong raises seniors' spirits during self-isolation

Singing, dancing and clapping in the sun was just what everyone needed while using safe practices for social distancing

How do you help seniors lift their spirits during social distancing and self-isolation? If you’re at Amica Aspen Woods in Calgary, you invite everyone  — including the Calgary Herald — to a balcony singalong concert, at the suggestion of a senior in the residence’s renowned choir.

Residents from Amica Aspen Woods on their balconies participating in a sing-along

While taking measures to keep residents safe, Amica team members are finding inspiring ways to help seniors feel connected and supported during the pandemic. Upper-floor residents were invited to sing from their balconies, while those on the ground floor kept a safe distance on the patio. Team members carried the sound system around to each corner of the building so everyone could experience the music together. Check out this Calgary Herald short YouTube video of Amica’s balcony singalong concert, including interviews with a senior, family member and team members.

“Everyone appreciated it so much,” says Anthony Cherniawsky, Community Relations Director Amica Aspen Woods senior lifestyle residence. “It meant so much to be able to get outside as a group, with an abundance of physical distancing, to sing and dance in the sunshine.”

All team members pitched in by singing, dancing and supporting residents who needed assistance to participate. The residence hairstylist cycled over to take part with her son.

“What an amazing afternoon!” said Housekeeping Supervisor Shannon Caldwell. “We all needed this — so great to see all the residents smiling and staff having fun.”