Our homes are taking part in a new reminiscence activity with Marks & Spencer’s “Marks in Time Memory Boxes.” The boxes have been designed to be used as reminiscence therapy and include ‘What We Ate’, ‘Days & Nights Out’, ‘What We Wore’ and ‘Childhood’.
Each box has replica packages from the 1950s to the 1980s, photos and adverts of Marks & Spencer throughout the years.
Coppelia House were the first to try out a “Marks In Time” memory box and there was great excitement when their ‘What We Ate’ box arrived. Residents smiled and laughed sharing memories of their favourite biscuit packaging and food stories. Even though the box has been returned memories are still be shared. Our other homes are looking forward to receiving their themed boxes and we look forward to hearing their feedback.
Peninsula Care Homes have also created their own themed memory boxes. These are available to each home to share and currently including wedding celebrations, memories of babies, seaside and a gentleman’s box.
On Thursday 26th Oct 2017 Coppelia House hosted a wedding reminiscing activity inspired from the Wedding themed memory box. On display were two wedding dresses from staff, a display cake and bouquets. Staff and residents shared photos of their own wedding days.
Residents also shared their fondest memories of their special day, leading up to it and the honeymoon. Discussions about styles, prices, licence venues were shared over a small sherry and some wonderful cakes made by Coppelia’s chef.
Later wedding themed poems included in the Peninsula wedding box were read out and the quiz was great fun. All in all a great activity and all the residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed it.
This year National Poetry Day falls on Thursday 28th September 2017 and the theme is ‘Freedom’. It was founded in 1994 by charity Forward Arts Foundation, who like to celebrate the importance and excellence of things poetry.
National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that is set to inspire as many people in the UK as possible and grow their audience. The day is supported by organisations such as the BBC, the Royal Mail and leading publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools.
You can get involved by visiting their website https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/about-npd/ or by joining in the campaign on social media using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay to share how you will be celebrating the day. Don’t forget to tag us @PeninsulaCare1 (Twitter) or @PeninsulaCareHome (Facebook) as we would love to share your love of poetry.
We would love to take this opportunity to share with you some of our budding writers, The Parkland Poets, who have produced three truly inspirational poems based on their experience and training with Dementia. You can find their videos on our Peninsula Care Home You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCakJ-IEXqQ2yAF1lrT5GU2Q
Happy National Poetry Day for tomorrow!
Have you ever had the experience of hearing a piece of music on the radio and been transported back to a time, place or event in our lives? Perhaps it was your first dance at your wedding, a concert you attended or a track from your favourite musical. Music is so powerful for so many of us and more and more research is highlighting the additional benefit for those living with a dementia.
The power of music, seems to reach parts of the brain in ways other forms of communication cannot. Some studies are showing that finding the right music for an individual may result in less anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medication. Individually chosen music can aid therapeutic benefits of other music provided by our homes.
Our appeal is that families help create a personalised playlist for their relative in our care. You may not know all their favourite music but you probably know more than you think. I can think back to my grandmother’s house and I probably would have found a number of clues to help me select music: sheet music, programmes from musicals, memory of her singing as she baked cakes, and the theme tune to her favourite TV programme to name a few.
We would love for our residents to have a playlist of music that means the most to them. It could be on an iPod, tablet or other device and staff would gladly play the music and hear the stories it uncovers. The music might soothe, calm, comfort, or even provide an opportunity to get up and dance.