Prestige Senior Living’s residents and staff have stepped forward and made their voices heard.
Now, it’s your turn.
Prestige Sings! is back and bigger than ever in Year 2, and it’s time for you to have your say as to your favorite performances. Maybe we can’t get you the iconic red chairs from “The Voice”, and there’s no spot next to Katy Perry along the judges’ panel, but you’re still an integral part of the process.
In case you missed it last year, here’s a refresher: Prestige Sings! is our virtual karaoke contest, and every week throughout the month of June we’ll be posting new videos in three categories: residents, staff and group performances. Each week you vote for your favorites in each category, and the winners go on to the next round.
It all culminates on Wednesday, June 30 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time when we host a LIVE grand finale to announce our winners!
But before we get ahead of ourselves with the finale, let’s step back and look at Round 1, which is now underway.
After the success of last year’s event, the stage has grown even bigger this year. We have 30 entrants from Prestige Senior Living’s residents, eight from staff members and 10 group entries in the opening round of the contest.
And with more performers, there’s a wide breadth of genres you’ll find – our Round 1 entries span the spectrum from Frank Sinatra to gospel favorites to 80s hits. The wide variety of songs showcases the unique personalities among Prestige’s residents and staff.
The Physical Benefits of Singing
The main goal of Prestige Sings! is simple: fun.
But there’s a deeper purpose behind having seniors sing. It’s an activity that has tangible benefits both physically and mentally.
Studies have shown that the physical benefits can span a wide spectrum – all the way from improving pain thresholds to reducing snoring.
Singing can also be a good workout for seniors, many of whom may struggle with certain exercises. Singing is a workout for the lungs that can rival other forms of exercise, while also strengthening the diaphragm and boosting circulation. People pull in oxygen while singing – so even if someone isn’t a runner, singing can still be a viable lung workout.
The Emotional Benefits of Singing
Chances are at some point you had a bad day, got in your car and right at that moment the radio started playing your favorite song. And as you belted out the lyrics, the stress and tension of your day was eased, even just a little bit.
Singing has been shown to be a stress reliever, and it’s no different for seniors. Music is the soundtrack to our lives, and the right song at the right time can take someone right back to an important moment or remind them of a loved one, bringing them the happiness that comes with those memories.
But there’s more to it than just nostalgia, there’s also science behind why singing is a mood enhancer. Studies have shown that singing releases endorphins, the brain chemical that increases positive feelings.
It extends to people living with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Despite the challenges that come with memory loss, singing often remains a favorite activity. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer's Disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.”
It explains why studies have shown that some people living in memory care can recall song lyrics more easily than other words. And taking it a step further, remembering song lyrics can help memory care residents lay a pathway to other memories too.
According to the website Healthline, “Researchers found that singing songs learned at a younger age caused a spontaneous return of autobiographical details for many people.”
Keep Voting Every Week
Make sure you follow along every week with Prestige Sings! as we crown winners and have them advance to the next round.
There’s sure to be incredible performances and fun surprises along the way, so keep checking in as our staff and residents show off their singing skills!