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Whitefish music class teaches kids, senior citizens critical life skills

Posted at 2:25 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 16:25:26-05

A multi generational music class in Whitefish is teaching those young and old about human connection.

The Music Together class is being taught by Jennifer Wickland at The Springs at Whitefish retirement home located in Whitefish.

When we recently stopped by, the ages in the room at the time of the class ranged from a few months old to past 80.

Wickland told MTN News that the program is designed to teach human connection through music.

"It touches on the physical, mental and emotional mental level, all of that," said Wickland. "And it's making connections with each other, which is really what we're here to do. And so, when you're doing that your life is just more fun in general."

The Springs Life enrichment director Roberta Maness pointed out that often times people in retirement homes feel isolated.

She also explained programs like Music Together allows elderly residents to stay active.

"Studies have shown that it improves advanced motor and cognitive skills when you do inter-generational programs, both for younger children as well as adults," said Maness. "They have a lot of knowledge to offer younger people. Teaching them social skills, teaching them about life."

Springs resident Sally Porcarelli, who is in her 80's, said that being a part of Music Together brightens her day, "it's just fun! It's a fun thing and I just love seeing all these little kids. They are having so much fun."

Music Together takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at The Spring Living in Whitefish which is located at 1001 River Lakes Parkway.