Care home residents enjoy a trip down memory lane

3:37pm Friday 4th April 2014

NOSTALGIA levels were running high when care home residents enjoyed a performance from a singer regaling them with tunes from the Second World War.

Claire Louise called into the Yew Tree Care Centre, Redcar, as part of an initiative to entertain residents through music and performance, in particular those dealing with dementia.

Centre manager Marion Redhead said: “Music and dance is very therapeutic for our residents, especially those with dementia. It has also been proven to aid those with memory loss both physically and mentally.

“Music and rhythm is something that stays with you the longest, even when memories start to fade. We use music, including live singers, to encourage the residents to use their long term memory, and chose some of the residents favourite types of music to take them back to happy experiences.”

The singer was chosen for her specialism in vintage music from the 1930s to the 1960s, as well as her impressive set list of war-time classics.

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