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Memories Spark Joy at West Ridings Burns Night Celebration

27 January 2021

burns night at west ridings

A special Burns Night themed musical and reminiscence session brought back happy memories for Residents living with dementia at West Ridings.

All units at the Home celebrated Robert Burns’ birthday on 25th January with a traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties, and a wee dram of whiskey.

However, in Wensleydale unit, the celebrations were poignant as Residents enjoyed a multi-sensory experience. Not only did they get to enjoy the tastes and aromas of the Scottish menu, but they also listened to music and poetry.

Activities Co-ordinator Karen Potter said that the performances sparked conversation and stirred memories.

Karen said: “Music is incredibly therapeutic for people living with dementia as the brain areas linked to musical memory often aren’t affected by their condition.

“We played a selection of Scottish bagpipers and traditional music, which the Residents responded to enthusiastically. We also got talking about their travels to Scotland in the past.

“It was great to hear stories of trips to Loch Lomond and other beautiful spots in Scotland. Residents really enjoyed sharing their memories and listening to the Burns poems we read out.”

As well as the music, Residents were also treated to some impromptu Scottish dancing from Colleagues. There was a lot of laughter as the girls attempted the Highland Fling.

Karen added: “It was an enjoyable afternoon, and we had some lovely responses from Residents.

“It was great to know that Residents in other units were also celebrating Burns Night at the same time. Although we couldn’t all be together, we were sharing the same fun-filled experiences.”