Drumming With Our Elders

“In our World Today many have lost respect for our Elders. In Native American and Indigenous Traditions world wide, we honor our Elders and call them Wisdom Keepers or Grandmother and Grandfather. This is a sign of respect, because they where here and learned before us.

Have you ever taken the time to sit and talk with an Elder? You will be surprised on how much they know, and how much you can learn from each other.

Drumming with Our Elders is a way we can give back and show respect to the Grandmothers and Grandfathers of our Earth.

We thank you and honor you for your wisdom and walking on this land before us!”

Bruce Whitewolf

Drumming With Our Elders Program

Each time we gather together we share a New World Instrument. This allows our Elders to hear and see an instrument that they might never have a chance too. We bring instruments from all over the world and share and teach them about how they are used and their origins.

Then we pass out many drums, rattles, bells, and other sound healing instruments and start a community drum circle while drumming our heart beat. We teach everyone that the drum connects our community together and back to our own heart.

We sing, dance, meditate, and share together to not only Uplift the Community but also our World.

Benifits for drumming with our Elders

Therapeutic Effects
Current research now shows the therapeutic effects of drumming techniques. Research indicates that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system. In addition specific studies conducted by professionals in the fields of music therapy and mental health show us that drumming:

Reduces tension, anxiety and stress

Helps control chronic pain

Boosts the immune system

Releases negative feelings, blockages and emotional trauma

Life Quality Effects
Drumming induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma and reduces stress.

Stress, according to current medical research, contributes to nearly all diseases and is a primary cause of such life-threatening illnesses as heart attacks, strokes and immune system breakdowns. Chronic pain, which many of our veterans/elders experience, has a progressively draining effect on the quality of life.

Research suggests that drumming serves as a distraction from pain and grief. Specifically, drumming promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the bodies own morphine-like pain killers, and can thereby help to control pain.

Community Effects
Drum Circles also provide an opportunity for participants to feel connected with others and gain a sense of interpersonal support. A drum circle provides an opportunity to connect with your own spirit at a deeper level. Group drumming alleviates self-centeredness, isolation and alienation. There are great benefits to feeling connected to others, especially those in similar situations.

Specific studies show:
Creates a sense of connectedness with self and others
Helps us experience being in resonance with the natural rhythms of life
Provides a medium for individual self-realization

Other Great Benifits for Drumming

Elder drumming is an interactive event that allows seniors to create their own music. Elders are greatly effected as they feel the vibrations of the music. They smile and laugh, hands open and close, memories return, and they often start singing and dancing.

Not only is drumming fun, but it improves circulation in the hands and body, loosens stiff joints in the shoulders, arms and wrists, and stimulates the mind.

Numerous recent studies strongly indicate that participation in activities such as drumming diminish the effects of senile dementia, and may even prevent the onset of such disorders. Actual physical development of nerve pathways around the plaques and tangles found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients have been clinically observed in seniors who actively learn new skills.

There are many benefits to creating music in a group, and it is widely accepted by teachers, youth workers, music therapists, and health practitioners as being an effective way to encourage life skills and develop confidence and self-esteem.

The physical exercise of playing the drum is extremely beneficial, especially to the upper body

We provide an inspirational, highly recommended and successful facilitated drum circle program for seniors at all functioning levels.

For more information or to Schedule The Rainbow Warrior Society to come to your community. Please contact us at the below information.

The Rainbow Warrior Society
Bruce Whitewolf & Jennifer Jaguar Moon
Local # 815-566-1525

Community Reference
Brookdale Orland Park Senior Living Solutions
Sharon Puschkar-Resident Program Coordinator
Phone # 708-403-2001
E Mail: Sharon.Puschkar@brookdale.com