The founder of Seniorplaylist.com long felt drawn to have a website created that would introduce unsung (and well-known) talent in the community to those who plan the activity calendars of senior facilities as options for senior entertainment. In the 4 1/2 years she worked as an Activity Professional at a nursing home, she and her fellow Activities staff often sought out find new, engaging programs for their residents to enjoy. In the course of their recruitment efforts, it seemed that many who they invited to the facility didn't realize the senior facility market offered an outlet for their skills. As a program provider, herself, who for several years was paid to conduct poetry readings at other senior facilities in her free time, she knew how rewarding it was to entertain such an appreciative audience and that the 'senior entertainment circuit' could easily be a viable source of regular income. After the economy crashed in 2008, leaving more and more people struggling to make ends meet, the pull toward alerting them to this virtually untapped market became ever stronger.
When at last a web designer was hired to make her dream a reality, the concept went 'from God's mouth to my ear', and Seniorplaylist.com was born. Making its debut in Raleigh, North Carolina in February 2012, the site is now populating with list members nationwide and even in Canada, acting as a conduit between local entertainers and activity program providers and the Activities Professionals of senior facilities who call upon them to engage their residents in meaningful, enjoyable ways, as paid program providers and, in some cases, as volunteers.
The result is myriad benefits to multiple layers of society. Not only does Seniorplaylist.com fulfill its original purpose, that of providing a broader selection of activities and entertainment options for residents of senior facilities, who derive healthful benefits from the increase in variety, it also acts as a free resource for the Activities Professionals who serve them, streamlining their calendar-planning efforts in the process, while affording a source of income to those who need it that, in doing so, further helps boost local economies. "I thank God every day for calling me to serve in this way, and for uniquely equipping me to do so, with experience on both sides of the senior entertainment equation," says its founder today, "and cannot imagine a more fulfilling role to play in His plan than this."