We’re in the midst of what some are calling the “age wave”--older adults comprise a larger percentage of the American population than ever before, and those numbers are only expected to climb. The need for elder care and support services is at an all-time high, and everyone from policymakers to caregivers is searching for ways to address the physical, intellectual, and social-emotional needs of the elderly.
Kindermusik® has been making music with young children and their families for more than 40 years. With Bridges, you get the additional dimension of intergenerational play! This joy-filled Kindermusik experience creates meaningful moments and enriching interactions between seniors, young children, and their family members. The music and instruments have been carefully chosen to facilitate singing, dancing, and instrument play by all.
Seniors enjoy “teaching” the children, and children enjoy “helping” the Seniors, and families get the additional benefit of providing their children the developmental benefits associated with group music-making: from language and math skills, to healthy social-emotional growth.
I enjoy the kids! Every step they make, I’m watching them and the expressions on their faces--it’s great joy.”
-Ayds, Bridges Participant, Age 83
Ideal for recreational therapists, music therapists, and program or activity directors, Bridges includes all the songs, props, instruments, and instruction needed to create an unforgettable intergenerational music experience. The Bridges Albums facilitate the lessons and guide participants through an irresistible playlist of fun including, timeless tunes, engaging movement activities, and hands-on instrument play. Activities are intentionally designed and strategically sequenced for maximum engagement. Each session can be customized to meet the interest and strengths of your group.
Complete Bridges Kit Includes:
Bridges incorporates six musical theme-based experiences throughout 24 joyful sessions. You’ll sing, move, and play instruments together along the way while exploring “Family All Around Me,” “Around the House,” “Big Back Yard,” “Way Up High,” “Hello, Day!” and “Zoom!”
Wake Forest School of Medicine is currently investigating the physical and cognitive impact that Bridges, as a non-pharmacological intervention, can have on seniors, including those with Alzheimer's and dementia. They have partnered with the Senior Services Williams Adult Day Center in Winston-Salem, NC, where the Bridges program was successfully piloted. Results of this groundbreaking study are expected in the fall of 2018.
It makes me feel good to be around children. It makes me happy.” Linda, Age 85
The overall class experience has been joyful and full of energy--more than we ever expected.” Sara Romanik, Activity Director, Senior Services Williams Adult Day Center
My parents live far away, and I wanted my son to have interaction with the elderly. I’ve seen relationships blossom during the 14 weeks of class.” Lorra Mellor, Mom of 22-month-old Sayre
There is a lot of love and beauty in a multigenerational environment that you can’t capture in a traditional music class.” Christy Robinson, Mom of 18-month-old Libby
Bridges has created so many moments of joy, especially for Carol and Carl.