Residents and staff of Meadowlark Care Home, Forres enjoyed a week long music festival

Nan Preston (85) rocks it.

RETIREES went wild at a local retirement home during festival season.

The golden oldies of Meadowlark, Mannachie Road, had their own music festival week, dancing in silent discos, live performances and musical movie nights.

Casey Whittaker and Sandra Pawlak perform to a grateful crowd.
Casey Whittaker and Sandra Pawlak perform to a grateful crowd.

Director of Operations at Renaissance Care Homeowners, Yvonne Mackenzie, confirmed that, from barbecues and duck games, to glitter and bucket hats, staff provide residents with an unforgettable summer.

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

“This concept has been another brilliant way to get everyone involved, mobilizing and being active in any way they feel comfortable with.

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

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

Jean McIntosh (88) feels the vibrations.
Jean McIntosh (88) feels the vibrations.

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

Each house had a bespoke musical line-up throughout the week of the festival, taking place around festival-themed houses and gardens.

Music has been proven to boost mood and memory, especially in people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The number of people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has increased dramatically over the past 20 years – the initiative offered residents a fun way to spend time together and unleash their inner ravers.

Meadowlark resident Jean McIntosh (87) said: “Meadowlark is still a music place. Here, everyone likes to meet and sing. It’s a great way for all of us to bond and have fun, so it was great that we were able to make it a full week!

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


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