Enriching Lives of Elders

by Cedar Village

Because of the generosity of donors, this Winter, the Healthcare Residents at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason, Ohio, were provided with the continued opportunity in making music which truly adds to their overall life enrichment. In early December participants in the Cedar Village Chior and Bell Chior joined for a festive celebration on music and performance for family, friends and the community.

With all the wet weather, music and entertainment have brightened the spirit of all residents at Cedar Village. Through hard work and dedication, the Cedar Village Choir worked with the choirs from the Seasons Retirement Community and Sharonville Senior Center, and hosted a Singing Extravaganza. Conducted by Cedar Village’s Music Therapist, Jude, the concert brought smiles to many faces and even a standing ovation.

Funds continue to help sponsor exercise classes, flower arranging, and jewelry-making classes. After a bit of muscle strengthening, residents go on to create lovely arrangements and beautiful jewelry.


Within a retirement community it is vital to provide engagement and stimulation for mind, body and spirit.


At Cedar Village in Mason, Ohio, we strive to enrich the lives of our elders through music, art and exercise. Recently, our residents participated in ceramics classes, choir rehearsals and exercise classes. With the support of donors, we are able to make the lives of our residents full of activity and excitement. From starting the morning off with light stretching to an afternoon of music appreciation and ending with painting, residents are actively engaged in ways they never dreamed possible.

As one resident said, "I may have some days with aches and pains, but once I am making flower arrangements or playing in the bell choir, I feel great.”


Summer has been very busy at Cedar Village. Residents have enjoyed participating in exercise, jewelry making, art and music classes. A special highlight this summer was hosting one of the Friendship Concerts of the World Choir Games in July. Residents enjoyed having two choirs from China as well as two wonderful local choirs. An added bonus was having a special concert by a choir from Israel. All of these programs support our mission that life be a fulfilling and enriching experience at Cedar Village. We strive to provide a diverse and enriching experience.

Linden Elementary Children
Linden Elementary Children's Choir


Residents have had their lives enriched through participation in many wonderful classes and programs. 

The Bell Choir, under the direction of our music therapist, recently gave a wonderful performance and the Cedar Village choir, also directed by our music therapist, had a concert on stage here with another retirement community. 

Residents love making necklaces for themselves and their friends and families in our "Jewelry with Kelly" class and are creating beautiful pieces in our "Ceramics with Beth" class. 

Life begins at Cedar Village every day.

Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera

Cedar Village's goal is to always enrich lives of our elders, the residents living at Cedar Village through special programming to meet their needs. Last week, residents had the wonderful opportunity to be entertained by a the Cincinnati Opera with the redux performance of  “Porgy & Bess.” As one resident stated, "I cannot believe how wonderful Cedar Village is to me by providing me the chance to still experience the arts!"


Additionally, our residents had the wonderful experience of seeing and hearing the voices of students from the University of Cincinnati’s CCM perform as “Alysha & Friends.” From classic show tunes to a few original works, residents had a taste of Broadway in the comfort of Cedar Village.


In April, we will host the Cincinnati Shakespeare Theater with the performance of “In Love with Shakespeare.”  It’s through the generosity of donors that Cedar Village is able to bring the arts to our residents as well as provide opportunities to take the residents to the theater.


This summer, we will take both healthcare residents as well as those living independently to the 2012 World Choir Games. How would you like to be a part of the magic? Please consider Cedar Village in your philanthropic endeavors.

Alysha & Friends -- CCM
Alysha & Friends -- CCM



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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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