In mid 2011, I started singing in care/residential homes with my Mother and LOVED it. Singing for the elderly was NOT what I had imagined. I had so many misconceptions in my head about the elderly and music. I imagined quiet rooms full of sadness, ballads and loss. What I found was quite the opposite! They didn't just want war time ballads. They wanted to DANCE and party! I was shocked but delighted! That's when I realised, when these people were younger, their kind of music would've been Rock 'N' Roll and Doo-Wap, not 1930's ballads! I LOVE that style of music, so I adjusted my set list accordingly. As well as the elderly in these homes, I realised that we were booked for the staff and the residents families, too. Some staff and relatives would come to watch the show and then go home. I met so many amazing people and now consider many of them as friends! Before I knew it, we were getting booked by dozens of venues. Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Anniversaries, even private parties.
- 9 June 2016
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local DAA Members
- Local Alliances:
- Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
I will continue to engage with care homes and engage as an dementia ambassador within my links with Rotherfed.
My Grandfather had Alzheimer’s disease and therefor I have seen first-hand the effects of dementia one a persion and their family
I will explain to others about the work of RDAA and Dementia Friends encouraging others to get involved .
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
It will be be a challenge to explain to people that the work of the alliances and Dementia friends across the country is very valuable and worth getting involve with .
Organisations I come into contact with can all play a valuable part in the work and individuals can become dementia friends but they may not understand that if everyone know more about dementia it would help create dementia friendly communities .
I will become a dementia friend and wear my DF badge whenever appropriate,I will continue to increase my understanding of the illness. I I will encourage other people to become dementia friends.
- Being implemented
Promotion of RDAA in Care Homes
I will continue to see the benefit of the music I provide in care homes and will form positive relationships with homes providing good quality care. I will encourage these homes to become members of the alliances all will celebrate good dementia practice and engage with the alliance to consider what else they can to to be dementia friendly
Promotion of RDAA through social media
I will help promote the work of RDAA and will encourage others to become members to be part of working to made Rotherham become dementia friendly I will follow them on social media to assist raising awareness
- Being implemented
I will gain knowledge of the support services and social outlets provided by Alzheimer’s Society and if ever appropriate I will explain that support is available – providing a leaflet