Summer feels so long ago
Queensroad Care Home
I was asked to do some observational sketches at a music therapy workshop for elderly people suffering from dementia. As you can imagine the experience was quite moving. Some of the residents sang along happily while others slept, waking up briefly when the tambourines were handed out. One lady kept wanting to sing 'you are my sunshine' but only knew one verse so sang the same words over and over. One gentlemen, dressed in a Jazz Club jacket, left the session early, politely excusing himself and explaining that he had a recording session. I saw him in the dining hall 10 minutes later silently eating mushroom pate.
I will be going back for a second visit soon.