Back to the Hawaiian theme of last time – drums beating and Hula girls swaying……..What is it about a beat and body-moving-music that gets one going? The steady beat thrumming with our hearts anmusic stirring the senses in response?
So it is even with the elderly, at 9.am today in the frail Care – Unit, barely awake after a comfort –food brekkie, the music on and Carers and Residents armed with tambourines / shakers / tapping sticks & clapping. The sparkof rhythms soon light up tired eyes & feet start tapping.
Then the singing starts and music therapy is in full swing as clapping starts to drown out the music. Who cares if it is in tune? The blood is now pumping, eyes bright and cheeks flushed in “the history of now” joins in yesteryear when they were a whirl on the dance floor, memories in the making then and now being re-awakened.
The smiles are worth it all and for a while life on the Frail Care unit, known as “Brenton Lodge,” is alive with joy and new delights, where the music of the heart never fades
Matron Lizann Painter