It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at West Eaton. And what better way to get into the mood than with carols, Christmas trees and some Christmas cheer!
We have been enjoying our mornings with Singing for the Brain. Singing for the Brain uses the therapeutic benefits of music to help improve well-being and confidence.
It is part of the Alzheimer’s Society and is a fun, stimulating session for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers. Music enhances memory and recall, and can help those who have communication difficulties. https://www.wisherefordshire.org/marketplace/cat/product/602
We have had lots of fun singing Christmas carols and playing games. Carols are fantastic songs to help with memory recall. They are so intrinsically linked with Christmas. Residents remember singing carols as children in church and school, singing carols around the piano at home, nativity plays with their children and carol singers coming on the door. We have shared some lovely joyful stories.
We had a wonderful afternoon at West Eaton reminiscing about Christmas gone by. Thank you to Jac Garrard for bringing in so many interesting items. A special favourite were the sugar mice.
Another opportunity for some carols was our Sing for Health and Happiness Session with Roger Langford. The residents sang their hearts out and it was so uplifting. Check out our Facebook page for some brilliant videos.
Our Christmas party
As always, we threw a Christmas party for our residents and their families and had a big raffle. Great food, wonderful music and a visit from Santa made for a really memorable afternoon. We think these pictures show that you are never too old for a present from Santa.
Thank you so much for the support of our local community, donating some fabulous raffle prizes and to everyone who bought tickets. We have raised a fantastic £527 for our Residents Fund. Every penny of the Fund goes towards the happiness and well-being of our residents. For example, paying for trips, entertainers and bands through the year, treats and gifts.