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Residents and staff at Meadowlark Care Home, Forres enjoyed a Music Festival Week


By Garry McCartney

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Nan Preston (85) rockin' it.
Nan Preston (85) rockin' it.

PENSIONERS have been raving it up in a local care home during the festival season.

The golden oldies at Meadowlark, Mannachie Road, had their own Music Festival Week, boogying on down to silent discos, live performances and musical movie evenings.

Casey Whittaker and Sandra Pawlak performing for an appreciative crowd.
Casey Whittaker and Sandra Pawlak performing for an appreciative crowd.

Operations director at home owners Renaissance Care, Yvonne Mackenzie, confirmed that, from barbecues and games of hook-a-duck, to glitter and bucket hats, staff are giving residents a summer to remember.

She said: “Music has universal appeal, and we know from experience how much our residents enjoy a bit of a boogie and a song.

“This concept has been another brilliant way to get everyone involved, up and active in whichever way they feel comfortable.

“We have recently introduced a new danceSing platform across the homes for staff and residents to use to stay fit and healthy, so this has been the perfect complement to its launch which is part of a wider effort to further improve the culture within the business.

“Bucket hats and glow-sticks were in full swing and it was great to see everyone up and having a good time this July.”

Jean McIntosh (88) feeling the vibes.
Jean McIntosh (88) feeling the vibes.

Renaissance runs 16 homes across Scotland and aims to engage residents while focusing on bettering their health and wellbeing, as well as encouraging fun and physical activity.

Each home had a bespoke musical line-up throughout festival week, taking place around decorated homes and gardens decorated in a festival theme.

Music has proven to boost mood and memory, especially for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The number of people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s has increased substantially over the past 20 years – the initiative offered a fun way for residents to enjoy time together and let loose their inner-ravers.

Meadowlark resident, Jean McIntosh (87), said: “Meadowlark is always a musical place. Everyone here likes to get together and have a sing-song. It’s such a great way for us all to bond and have fun, so it was brilliant that we got to make a full week of it!”

Michael Johnson and Lynn-Marie Sherwin dressed to impress.
Michael Johnson and Lynn-Marie Sherwin dressed to impress.


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