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Just how loud are you singing?

Just how loud are you singing?

In the shower, in front of a mirror, standing at a Karaoke machine most of us enjoy a good sing.  Some are confident chorus line singers – happy to belt it out, whilst others quietly let their contribution mingle with that of others.  However we like to sing, if you are anything like us, what, when and how we sing is affected by how we feel.  If all is well in our world we might be happy to sing a few lines and skip along the prom to the rhythm created by an imaginary band, if things are less good we might sing soft, sad lines that reflect exactly how we feel at that moment.

This thought of how and where we sing came to us as we read some words which created a mental image of a scared, huddled character standing far back from the edge of the stage, singing, but only just.  In reading those words our thought was, how do we get that person to move from the back of the stage closer to the front, to lift their voice so more people can hear them?  It resonated with us because; as a charity working with people aged 50+ we want older people to recognise their own worth and for society to remember the value of every older person.  Rather than older people placing a huge burden on society, numerous studies show that older people play a key economic role – to the tune of £40bn more to the economy than they receive in state pensions, welfare and health services.  This is set to grow in coming years so that by 2030 projections indicate that the net contribution of older people with be worth some £75bn!  Not just adding value to the economy of our country, an ICM poll for a WRVS study found that 65% of older people say they regularly help their elderly neighbours and they are the most likely of all adult age groups to do so.

So, if you are standing at the back of the stage of life, can we urge you to come forward and sing a bit louder?  You are worth hearing!