A Music Class For Babies Is Held In A Care Home To Help Dementia Patients
Liz Turner, from Newport, is the founder of 'Baby Singalong', a music group where mums and their babies visit care homes and spend time with the elderly as well as sing.
The 44-year-old is certain of the positive impact these sessions have on the elderly and insists she has noticed changes in their behaviour.
The mum-of-two has been running baby groups in community centres for the past seven years, until she got the idea of helping the elderly thanks to a mum in her group. The woman said her dad would love the session and he was living in a care home.
Since then the Welsh native is trying to show that care homes are not necessarily daunting, depressing places, but places where people take care of their physical and mental health.
She said: "People in a care home don't really have much to do so they get quite depressed, especially the ones suffering from dementia, they get confused.
"They get very excited when someone's grandchild is visiting so when they have about ten of them at the same time, they really get affected in a positive way.
"There is no loser from this at all - it's really good for the babies, they love the music and they are having a good time and so do the elderly," she continued.
"The thing with dementia is that they get confused, they ask for example, where their parents are or think they are their children."
Adding: "They might not know who they are, they might not understand what's going on, but they still know all the words to 'You are my sunshine'.
"It's so emotional, it's like a therapy and I have seen it happen. I have seen people who haven't smiled before, smile when we turn up."
Liz revealed how much of a positive effect having the babies and elderly mix together has had on their wellbeing, as she shared stories of some of the care home's client.
"There is so much noise, it's so fun for them because it's different from the other activities they usually do."
Liz concluded: "One of the gentlemen who has suffered a stroke can't speak properly, just babbles at them and since they can't speak either they just babble back - it's so lovely."
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