Having a range of musical activities helps to promote health and wellness; Music therapy can help people with dementia communicate with others, especially when words and conversation are no longer easy.
Music making in all its forms can also help memory and mood with fun sessions such as those offered by Live Music Now (LMN), providing an opportunity to keep active in both body and mind, stimulating the senses and encouraging exercise through dancing. Every Tuesday Queens Oak welcomes Sophie, the care home’s Music Therapist, as well as Maz and Zoe, two musicians from LMN.
LMN is a UK-wide initiative, created by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in 1977. Every year, musicians deliver thousands of interactive music programmes in care homes and hospitals, and a range of community and healthcare settings. LMN are currently supporting the team at Queens Oak Care Home to develop their musical skills with an aim to enhance and enrich the lives of those living at the care home through weekly interactive sessions.
Last Tuesday the day started with a group music therapy session with Sophie, regaling all the old favourites including “Oh Danny Boy” and “My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean”. Residents and relatives enjoyed singing along, and expressing themselves musically with percussion, clapping along, and dancing away! As the session drew to a close, June, who lives at Queens Oak, expressed how much the session had really uplifted her spirits. Other residents said how the session made them feel ‘overjoyed’ and complimented how ‘beautiful and uniquely special’ it had been for them. © Photography by Ivan Gonzalez
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