Enriching Lives of Elders

by Cedar Village
July 4th
July 4th

The Cedar Village residents’ lives are enriched every day! They enjoy exercise classes, jewelry making, ceramics and participating in the choir and bell choir.

A favorite day every year is the 4th of July. This year as always, we will have our Classic Car Show when community members with classic and vintage cars bring them out for the residents to see, touch, reminisce about and even go for rides. In the afternoon, there will be the annual Dixieland band concert with patriotic music for all to enjoy. A highlight is always having delicious Graeter’s ice cream during the concert.

Your donation will help purchase July 4th surprises and ice cream cones!

July 4th
July 4th

Cedar Village residents’ lives are enriched every day. The Cedar Village Bell Choir under the direction of music therapist, Jude Jones, is a remarkable group of individuals. In December, they performed along with the Cedar Village choir in a holiday concert. As Jude points to each group of bell ringers, they proudly ring their bells and make beautiful music together. For this year’s concert, they each wore specially created Cedar Village blue Thanksgivukkah shirts. Some of the performers may suffer from dementia and may not be able to communicate verbally, but they can communicate through music. Your donation will help sustain this vital program.

The lives of the Cedar Village residents continue to be enriched every day.  Our music therapist, Jude, helps our residents express themselves through music, both in group settings and individually.

In December, the annual Cedar Village Holiday Concert took place.  Both the Cedar Village Choir and the Cedar Village Bell Choir performed.  It is always so heartwarming to watch and listen to the Bell Choir.  Dressed in festive shirts, they rang bells in perfect harmony when Jude pointed to each section of musicians.  Being able to express themselves through music is very important.  Most of these residents were not musicians in their former lives, but you would think that they all had been.  Music is an important part of each resident’s day and they will continue to make beautiful music together.


Our residents’ lives continue to be enriched at Cedar Village. Popular classes include jewelry making, ceramics, and flower arranging. They participate in the bell choir, music therapy sessions, and the Cedar Village Choir.

Recently, the bell choir gave a special performance where some of their grandchildren and great grandchildren participated and sang some popular children’s songs accompanied by the bell choir. It was a very moving concert. “I really enjoyed being able to have this experience with my grandson,” said one resident.

The mission of Cedar Village is that aging is an enriching and fulfilling experience. Our residents’ days are enriched each day by the many activities in which they participate. 

Resident with Gates, the Cedar Village dog
Resident with Gates, the Cedar Village dog

The Cedar Village residents and their family and friends enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July celebration in spite of the rain.  The Annual Classic Car Show where residents have the opportunity to see and ride in vintage cars had to be modified.  There were no rides, but residents braved the elements under umbrellas to view the cars.  The afternoon featured a lively Dixieland band concert and everyone’s favorite ice cream—Graeter’s.  The holiday also featured a 4th of July Parade of Homes where community members could visit residents’ apartments and then stay for all the festivities.  Funds raised from this project are used to provide special concerts like the one the residents enjoyed on the 4th of July.

Residents view cars at Classic Car Show
Residents view cars at Classic Car Show

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Cedar Village

Location: Mason, Ohio - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cedarvillage.org
Project Leader:
Carol Silver Elliott
Mason, Ohio United States

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