How to Host a Senior-Friendly Karaoke NightMarch 24, 2023
It’s not a secret: everyone likes to sing. There’s something joyful about humming a tune or crooning along to a song on the radio. Not only does it showcase your knowledge of the music, but it offers so many health benefits, too!
One study shows that singing is a good stress reliever, based on the amount of cortisol – the stress hormone – found before and after one sings. It also stimulates your immune response, helping raise your body’s immunoglobulin count. This antibody is made to ward off infections inside your body.
Singing also helps you endure pain. Whenever you vocalize to your favorite hymn, your body releases endorphins, giving you better, positive feelings and raising your inner pain tolerance.
With its benefits on your mood, breathing, and even socializing, singing packs positivity. So, whether you can carry a tune—or not—holding the microphone and belting your voice out does wonders for your overall health! And what better way to do that than to host a senior-friendly karaoke night?
What is Karaoke?
Karaoke, according to Merriam-Webster, is a “device that plays instrumental accompaniments for a selection of songs to which the user sings along…” The name itself offers a good hint. Coined by the Japanese, “karaoke” stems from two words: “kara,” which means empty, and “oke,” which is short for “orchestra.” In other words, “karaoke” means “empty orchestra,” in which the backtrack is played so you can freely sing the main melody as if you were the original artist.
There are many types of karaoke machines you can use for singing. The first one is the all-in-one system, a large, self-contained unit with a monitor, a mixer, a speaker, and a microphone. These are usually the heaviest and are commonly installed as one module. The advantage of this type of karaoke is that it’s easy to get started. Simply select the song, and you’re good to sing!
The second one is the TV monitor system, a popular choice for home karaoke users. These devices consist of a slim boxed player that plays content from either a disc or USB and displays the lyrics on a monitor.
Built-in microphone karaoke systems are the most portable types of karaoke. They comprise one or two microphones embedded with a cartridge that plugs into the monitor. Instead of cables, modern microphone karaoke can transmit information via Bluetooth so you can sing freely around the room without constrictions.
Other karaoke types include multi-format disc players, which operate on disc formats, and utilize a mixer and amplifier, which offer a better surround-sound effect.
Whichever you choose, having a karaoke set at home or at your event location opens many opportunities in which to enjoy music with your favorite group of people. Now, it’s time to host the party!
The Floor is Open, the Party Is On!
There are many ways to enjoy a senior-friendly karaoke party. You could host a themed event. This is an opportunity to unleash your creativity! Did you love the songs from the 60s? Create a themed playlist featuring artists from the era—The Supremes, Simon & Garfunkel, Bee Gees, and Elvis Presley. If you’re into rock, how about the Rolling Stones? Invite your guests to dress up according to the period and create a picture-perfect memory as you sing along to your favorite songs.
Of course, choose the most straightforward route: invite your friends over, prepare a few snacks, and sing your hearts out with whatever song comes to mind. James Brown? The Beatles? Abba? Stevie Wonder? Olivia Newton-John? How about a bit of Celine Dion? Or Michael Jackson? There’s no limit to your choices, and you can easily make it seem like a concert.
There are a few things you must do before the party starts:
- Set up the karaoke in a spacious room. You will want plenty of space in which to move around as you enjoy the moment together. If you need some help, ask the staff in your retirement community to prep the room with you.
- Double-check your equipment a day before the party to ensure it works correctly. Make necessary adjustments so you don’t have to do it on the day.
- Make sure to notify your neighbors. If you live adjacent to other homes and the sound of your karaoke might affect them, let them know about your event. At the very least, lessen the sound of the karaoke so that it won’t disturb them.
- Ask your friends about song requests so you’ll know them beforehand. This will allow you to set up a public playlist with music you all love. You can always shift to a different track anytime, but music playing in the background continually invigorates the atmosphere.
- Set up a snack table for the party. It doesn’t have to be much. A bowl of snacks, finger foods, and drinks will help keep the party bright and alive.
Now that everything is prepared, it’s time to open the door, switch on the karaoke, and start singing your hits!
Karaoke is More Than Just Singing
There’s always fun, laughter, and nostalgia whenever you host a senior-friendly karaoke night. Not only do you get to bond with friends, but you also relive your favorite music and feel like an artist whenever you hold the mic. There are many health benefits, too! Singing lowers blood pressure and improves your mood. It is also a good workout for your respiratory system—inhaling and exhaling deeply to hit the notes. Consequently, this also strengthens chest wall muscles and strengthens the lungs.
What are the other benefits of singing? It offers cognitive stimulation as you read the lyrics on the screen. You also get to sharpen your listening skills—after all, you must know when you should be singing. It helps you focus on the timing and lyrics. And the best part? Getting a high score at the end leads to happier hormones!
You may sing out of tune, but your body will thank you whenever you hold senior-friendly karaoke nights. You may find a community encouraging you to unleash your talents and meet new friends. At Monroe, you are surrounded by neighbors with the same goal as you: to live a healthy, happy life after retirement. With a wide range of amenities and services available to our senior residents, we offer you a place to call home where you can sing to your heart’s content. Call us today to learn more!