‘Pump up the jam’ – The care home dances to their favorite tunes

“Music illuminates emotional memories. Everyone remembers songs from their past, the first kiss, the song from a wedding [or] see their parents dancing,” writes NHS England.

Residents of a care home had the opportunity to blast their favorite tunes.

Those who live in Queen’s Oak, Peckham, received MP3 players filled with their favorite songs.

Residents were “smiling, singing and dancing” shortly after the five iPod Shuffles arrived at the nursing home last week.

Queen’s Oak staff said it was wonderful to see the joy the device brought to residents as they put on their headphones and turned the volume up to maximum.

The songs on the MP3 players had been handpicked by five of the residents, who sat down with staff and discussed important bits from their past.

“I love that I can now listen to my favorite songs whenever I want and relax in my room,” said a lady from Queen’s Oak.

Purple Angel, the charity behind the initiative, said it wanted to ensure residents could access music and feel the benefits of listening to familiar songs.

“Not only does it help improve mood, but it also brings back connected memories from the past,” they said.

Devon-based Purple Angel, which aims to raise awareness of dementia and provide support for those who have it, said that since iPods arrived they have been distributed around the home, enabling all residents to take some time out and listen to music alone.

“It was calming and uplifting for many people and certainly improved personal well-being,” they said.

NHS England has found that music can bring a lot of physical and mental comfort to older people, especially those with dementia.

It can help reduce anxiety and depression, maintain speech and language, is useful at the end of life, improves quality of life and has a positive impact on caregivers.

“Music illuminates emotional memories. Everyone remembers the songs of their past, the first kiss, the song of a wedding [or] see their parents dancing,” reads the NHS England website.

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