I didn’t want to take a nap today because I was afraid I would miss seeing Michael Lyon.
It is always great to have the Merrymakers come, and we all look forward to it. Your show was just what they needed to pick them up that day, and keep them smiling all week long! Thank you also for taking the time out of your schedule to come, and spend time with our residents. We really appreciate it. We look forward to your next visit.
It truly warmed my heart to see Michael Lyon literally reach out to each and every resident. Perhaps unbeknownst to him he sang to the sweetest 103 year old woman I’ve ever met (she’ll be 104 next month!). He also gave his attention to a beautiful lady stricken with the crippling effects of a stroke. I know she felt like a princess for that moment!
I have always believed in the healing power of music, but after working at Hospice House and getting the opportunity to work with the Merrymakers performers who come here, I know without a doubt just how powerful music can be. A resident had not been very alert in the morning before Bob and Ardeth’s performance, but as soon as he arrived and heard the old songs he had loved so much in his younger days, he was smiling and tapping his toes to the music. By the end, he was even singing along! What a wonderful thing for him; and what a wonderful thing for his daughter, who was with him for part of the performance, to see!
Volunteer Coordinator - Hospice House
On behalf of our Dora Bingrl Senior Center participants, I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity in blessing us with the gift of music! Recently we’ve had the pleasure of having Billy Troy here and John Worsham; they are top notch! But then again, all your entertainers are. Our hearts get so full with the blessing you provide, that it sometimes spills out of our eyes!!
Our folks love the variety, the engagement, the feel-good moments that your entertainers provide. This senior center has been here for 25 years, and I even have some 2nd generation participants who used to bring their mothers! These “kids” are now in their 70s!! They never tire of the special feelings they get when being sung to. God bless you for all you do in caring for our older adults in this community and across the state!
Senior Center Coordinator