Tea Dances Promote Nostalgia with Red Rooster Events
Red Rooster Events have been exceptionally busy with our latest Teadances and Sing Alongs. They turn out more often than not to be a social drop in session. Most are run from 2pm
until 4pm, except the monthly ones which we hold in Pensarn at the Canolfan Dewi Sant which are from 11am until 3pm. To give you a little run down of what we do:
We start with some nice Jazz and Blues background music as people from the beginning surrounding area drop in or get brought from Residential Homes nearby and Shared Housing. Many of these people live with Dementia either personally or as carers. The group sessions provide a stimulating and enjoyable few hours of music and ‘yummy’ food in the form of home made finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, such as our Lemon Drizzle Cake, Victoria Sponge and Bara Brith as well as homemade scones with jam and cream.
Everyone can take a seat and time to have a natter with each other. The girls put out the vintage crockery,milk and sugar and lunch/afternoon tea and everyone tucks in.
See the lovely memorabilia screens set up behind our guests in the form of village shop shelving from the 50s and one which depicts a pub with beer and interior from 50s era.
Changing the music to some upbeat 50s and 60s with a bit of nostalgic Rock and Roll mean quite a few people get up to dance, having a great bit of exercise and working up an appetite . One couple ask me for a slow waltz, the gentleman used to be a pianist in a Big Band many years ago and his lovely wife is living with Dementia but she remembers the tune and suddenly breaks into a slow waltz and they have 15 minutes of nostalgic songs and dancing together, the first time for years. This is so encouraging and proves that music is a powerful trigger of memories locked away because of the nature of Alzheimer’s.
Permission is taken from the guests by Clara who works for the Wellbeing Community Team for photos to be taken and publishing of them.
We follow lunch with a Sing Along Quiz and all join in. Red Rooster provide Raffle Prizes for the raffle. Next time we might play Musical Bingo.
There was quite a wide age range with one person only 7 yrs old who had come with his Mum and an elderly relative . He sang ‘Calon Lan’ at the top of his voice. He got a big round of applause needless to say. Lots of benefits in mixing younger people with the elderly,both can interact and learn a lot from each other.
We finish off with ‘ American Pie ‘ and a few Tom Jones numbers and everyone sings along. The guests depart about 3-3.30pm saying they had thoroughly enjoyed the session and would be back next month. The next two events:
To be held at Canolfan Dewi Sant, Pensarn
Monday 22nd August 11am – 3pm
Monday 19th September 11am – 3pm
Ring 01745 890367 or 07765093203 for more details.
This particular event was hosted by PSS and Conwy Wellbeing Community Team along with Red Rooster Events.
Look out for further events around Flintshire and Denbighshire advertised on our Facebook page:
Dance,songs from 50s and 60s and Afternoon Tea at Sychdyn Memorial Hall – Wednesday 7th September and every first Wednesday of the month 2pm – 4pm. All Welcome
Both events cost £3.00 per person which covers your Cream Tea. All welcome.