Senior Sing Along with Lu

With the ever increasing shortage of staffing in senior homes today there is a growing need to relieve caregiving teams with programs which are stimulating, engaging, and entertaining. All too often elders who live in senior homes, especially in Memory Care homes, are left unattended and understimulated which results in increased dementia behaviors and agitation making the caregivers work even more difficult than it already is. 

Having worked with the senior population for nearly 20 years in an Adminstrative, Activity Director, and Music Therapy capacity I continually see the power of music to capture the attention of our elders, particularly music which speaks specifically to their generation.  I have performed hundreds of concerts for seniors as well provided traditional sing along events and they never fail to keep toes tapping, hearts lifted, and the singing of old lyrics which amazingly are recalled even with highly progressed sufferers of Alzheimers. 

My goal is to create a Sing Along video which will have both lyrics in bold at the bottom of the screen as well as an optional, printable booklet of all the songs in the video included on a DVD/CD package. The video will include fully recorded songs from the Golden Age with myself singing the songs into the camera and behind me imposed upon a green-screen images which are soothing and enjoyable and visually entertaining to watch (example, That's Amore by Dean Martin being sung in the streets and waterways of Italy with images of love, spaghetti, and wine, etc.) I would also like the format to be available via YouTube and Media E-file.

Think of all the times you parents of little ones had or do put on a video to appease and calm them so you could catch a break - well, this is no different; sometimes Senior Home staff need to calm a group of seniors during high agitation hours in order to be able to attend to a single resident. Another reason for this tool is it can be used as a substitute for when scheduled entertainers for some reason cannot make the gig or their was a mix up in scheduling and the staff had prepared all the residents for a show and it fails to come through (believe me, it happens).

In order to accomplish this 1 hour long Sing Along with Lu video I am looking to raise $4000 for video and audio production costs, studio recording of songs, contracting of invidivuals and/or a company who can provide the details mentioned above, as well as manufacturing of product for selling.

I am already prepared to record all the music and have all the plans prepared including a music studio and video shooting location and am ready to roll and hope to begin producing this Sing Along with Lu video as soon as possible.

Thank you for your consideration,
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Lu Rodriguez
Redwood City, CA

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