Music can be an excellent therapeutic tool. At Portumna Retirement Village, the residents can be kept entertained and stimulated by music. Music therapy sessions can remove the sense of isolation. When residents are encouraged to participate in sing alongs and music making sessions they can feel more like a part of something pleasurable, relaxing and even fun. Many elderly people haven’t sung songs at all in many years. Some people begin to really appreciate music when they are immobile. That is why the music activities for seniors in nursing homes have been very successful. With regular live music, the residents join in with their own percussion instruments. This is a great source of fun for all concerned.