Residents at Wordsley Hall, the Minster Care-run residential home in Stourbridge, West Midlands, have been put through their paces by a programme of musical exercise sessions that combine music and group-based exercises to increase fitness and mental stimulation in older people.
During the Musical Mobility sessions residents are taken through a variety of muscle-strengthening exercises and fun games involving balloons, beanbags, pompoms and balls. All of the exercises are set to a familiar soundtrack of songs from years gone by, and residents are encouraged to get involved by singing, dancing or playing along to the songs with instruments such as tambourines and maracas.
The Musical Mobility sessions are part of the home’s rich programme of activities designed to improve residents’ wellbeing and quality of life. Increased activity in older people has been linked with a reduced chance of developing dementia and has been shown to significantly improve happiness, mental health and sociability, particularly for those living in care.
Music has also been shown to be a beneficial form of reminiscence therapy for older people and people living with dementia. Recalling happy memories helps to stimulate cognitive ability and can boost mood and self-esteem.
Jackie Taylor, Home Manager at Wordsley Hall, added: “It’s fantastic to see our residents enjoying the exercise sessions and taking such an interest in keeping fit. Not only do the sessions help our residents stay active, they are also a fantastic way of bringing everyone together to socialise. Activities really contribute to our residents’ quality of life, and have a huge impact on making people feel happy, healthy and independent.”