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!

Pres & Ivy

 

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

 

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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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Part 1: Mr Dick Lee Celebrates Christmas with Woodlands Care Home Residents (8 December 2017)

The elderly have a soft spot in our hearts so Pres and I would always find ways on how to entertain them and spend time with them.  Residents of the nursing homes we’d frequent always light up and at times get teary-eyed whenever we’d visit them.

Our charity events for nursing homes would always end with our Wo Wo Ni Ni dance.  Originally sang by Ms Rebecca Pan and popularised by Mr Dick Lee in 1989, Wo Wo Ni Ni is one catchy love song and since our very first event at Pearl’s Hill Care Home in Chinatown Singapore, our volunteers have since been dancing to Wo Wo Ni Ni!  The residents just love it and the nursing staff would, no miss, dance along!

The Rehab team of one nursing home we support actually adopted our dance moves to Mr Dick Lee’s song as their morning exercise and they are now exploring if they can make this as the exercise routine for some able senior residents even while on their wheelchairs!

So what I did, some seven months back, I wrote to Mr Dick Lee hoping he could grace our charity events, which typically highlight his Wo Wo Ni Ni song.  We told him that the nursing home residents love this song of his and they would sing and dance with us volunteers even if they are on their beds.  We were told that there have been dance numbers by other groups but it is only Mr Dick Lee’s Wo Wo Ni Ni song most residents recognise and really enjoy listening and dancing to!

Mr Dick Lee said YES and after myriad checks on his schedule, we finally set the date – 8 December 2017; we’d do Christmas caroling for the residents of Woodlands Care Home!

I made arrangements that my colleagues and I do a little caroling for our good folks and we went for practice almost everyday, including the Wo Wo Ni Ni dance!

The Rehab team of Woodlands Care Home had gathered a few interested residents to do the dance moves and they even had it videotaped – so fun to watch them swing their hips and wave their arms up in the air!

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With Mr Gilbert, Madame New, and the Rehab Team of Woodlands Care Home doing the Wo Wo Ni Ni dance

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We made sure that the dance steps are easy so the senior residents could easily pick up and wouldn’t get tired after each and every practice.  To our surprise, they loved every bit of it!

Dancing as a form of therapy is definitely a fun way to engage the elderly.  This brings along myriad benefits and with Mr Dick Lee gracing our event, such a huge celebrity singing a familiar tune would undoubtedly excite the senior residents during the charity event!

And to top up their excitement, Pres and I prepared this Christmas caroling invite – sooooooo cute!  Mr Dick Lee is our parachuting star 🙂

 

Woodlands Caroling Invite 8Dec2017

 

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With York Fuan, that sweet lady who heads the Woodlands Care Home Rehab Team

 

Offering care means being a companion, not a superior.  It doesn’t matter whether the person we are caring for is experiencing cancer, the flu, dementia, or grief.  If you are a doctor or surgeon, your expertise and knowledge come from a superior position.  But when our role is to be providers of care, we should be there as equals.”  ― Judy Cornish