Achieving the Incredible

Renaissance Care Music Festival 2022

The number of people living with dementia is increasing and, as a care group, it’s important that we are creative in how we engage in strategies to support our older people.

Music has been shown to have a positive impact on mood, spirit and memory for care home residents living with dementia. Whether it's 60s soul, operatic arias or songs from theatre shows, music can soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories.

As well as this, music also brings fun, social engagement and the opportunity to turn any day from a bad day to a good day in a few simple beats.

 

Live Music creates joyful sounds

As younger generations flock to music festivals across the country, residents of Renaissance Care will don their best festival outfits (including flowers in their hair) to enjoy headline acts, ranging from in-house favourites to local performers.

Our 16 care homes are encouraged to get creative with activities including:
  • Inviting live singers to the home to perform an outdoor music gig
  • Recreate the festival feel in the garden, with decoration and stalls including: face paints, sun hats, flags, posters, food stalls, bar/drinks van, ice cream stall
  •  Dress in festival outfits for the day – since it’s Scotland, we’ll likely see shorts and wellies
  • Take part in a mini silent disco event equipped with headsets and classic tunes from the 60 and 70’s. Staff and/or residents could create their own band for the day and perform songs at the festival
  •  Residents of each home to name their festival, for example, ‘Meadowlark Movers’ festival and can create a mini stage for performances
  • Use danceSing to play concert music indoors if the weather is bad

Research suggests that music can enhance focus, improve mental health, and boost the immune system as well as self-esteem and confidence. But for our homes, the benefits can be far wider-reaching. It can be used as a tool to relax, boost and lift our mood, to improve concentration. Music is also linked as an aid to improve the effects of insomnia by helping to encourage a night of deeper sleep.

 

Keeping people connected

The Renaissance Music Festival has evolved to help keep people connected to the people, communities and music that matters most to them. So we’re encouraging our relatives and loved ones to get involved, either to come along and support the events or, if they wish, get involved in performances.

 This could be used to provoke happy memories and encourage positive vibes throughout all our environments.