Visit to Kwong Wai Shiu Nursing Home (July 2018)

A Saturday well spent with the residents of Kwong Wai Shiu!  Many thanks to Jack Tan and Kar Lock Lee for inviting us to spend time with our dear residents.

Kwong Wai Shiu is one of Singapore’s oldest charitable healthcare institutions.  It was founded in 1910 by a group of Cantonese merchants who wanted to provide Cantonese immigrants with free medical services.

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Thank you, Kar Lock Lee for teaching us how to cha cha cha!

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Thank you, Kar Lock Lee for teaching us how to cha cha cha!

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The residents from the dementia wards enjoyed very much Jack Tan’s music!  Kudos to you!

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Many thanks, Ms Soon for giving us a tour of Kwong Wai Shiu!

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With Kar Lock Lee and Jack Tan

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With Kar Lock Lee and Jack Tan

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A million thanks to you, Jack!  Your music brings joy to every nursing home we visit!

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With the dancing kings and queens at Clark Quay High Street!  Jack Tan plays his music here every Saturdays and Sundays!

You can read Jack Tan’s story here:  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/chinatown-busker-jack-tan-mission-fill-void-old-folks-lives-joy-10249056

 

Music therapy is music performance without the ego.  It’s not about entertainment as much as it is empathising.  If you can use music to slip past the pain and gather insights into the workings of someone else’s mind, you can begin to fix a problem.  – Jodi Picoult

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Part 4: Mr Dick Lee Celebrates Christmas with Woodlands Care Home Residents (8 December 2017)

Group PhotoDL IMG_6642A million thanks to Mr Dick Lee for making the lives of all our senior residents at Woodlands Care Home so much more beautiful!  Our hearts just grew three sizes and our good folks could not stop talking about Mr Lee and that Christmas programme we did for them last 8 December 2017!  It was such a heart-warming and a very meaningful event!

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We could not get enough of Mr Lee!  He nicely posed with the residents, staff, and the rest of our volunteers for photos!  A true Singapore idol!

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This is Mr Subramanian and he’s a huge fan of Mr Lee.  He had earlier asked if I could give him a photo of Mr Lee so what I did, I introduced him to his idol and took these nice photos of them together!

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Here are our group photos!  We struggled to squeeze ourselves in these shots!

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We sincerely hope that Mr Lee will continue to support us in our future charity events and help promote dance therapy for the elderly by dancing to Mr Lee’s songs.  Wo Wo Ni Ni is such a cheeky song and everybody just loves dancing to it!

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Tell me the last time you danced and I will tell you the last time you were happy.” – unknown

 

Part 3: Mr Dick Lee Celebrates Christmas with Woodlands Care Home Residents (8 December 2017)

Mr Dick Lee’s Mom was from Ipoh and from her he learned Cantonese.  This is his ticket to landing engagements in Hong Kong, having been able to write songs in Cantonese.  Wo Wo Ni Ni apparently was that song his Mom was very fond of, that taught him a bit of Mandarin.  Interesting to know that this song was not written by Mr Lee but by Ms Rebecca Pan (Pan Wan Ching).

He also made it big in Japan and Wo Wo Ni Ni, which he revived in 1989, was a sure hit and was in fact used as a jingle for some diet crackers or drinks TV ad!

Studies have shown that dance therapy brings well-being and happiness to old people.  In our sincere drive to promote dancing as a form of therapy for senior residents of nursing homes across Singapore, we have been dancing to Wo Wo Ni Ni and teaching the rehab teams and the residents of nursing homes the dance steps.  The joy it brings to our good folks, simply beyond what we had imagined it to turn out!  Just hearing a familiar song and without them even knowing it, hips are swaying and arms are up in the air!

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Health authorities have long known that the arts can play a valuable role in the physical and mental well-being of older people, Mark Tran of The Guardian said.  A Royal Society of Public Health report in 2013, he furthered found that music and the visual arts improved vital signs, reduced anxiety and blood pressure and highlighted dance for its potential in easing loneliness and in encouraging non-verbal communication.  Physical benefits include improvements in balance, strength and gait, which reduce the risk of falls.

We serenaded our good folks with popular Christmas songs!

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And we all sang Home with Mr Dick Lee towards the end of the programme.

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