Braeside’s Boogie Beats: Nursery and care home team up for songs and storytelling

Posted: 19/04/2018 | Care for Older People,

Youngsters from a local nursery dropped in on Braeside House residents this week to enjoy some singing, dancing and storytelling.

The care home hosted a special session of Boogie Beats with 10 children from CareBear Nursery.  

Boogie Beat is a music and movement group for babies and toddlers. They combine elements of early music education with traditional stories, rhymes, dancing, role play and instruments.

Music and intergenerational activities are both thought to be helpful to people with dementia. 

Braeside House Activities Co-ordinator, Barrie Simcock, said: “Music is a huge part of our residents lives as it’s a great way of engaging our residents who all have a vision impairment. For those with advanced dementia especially, music has a way of helping our residents really be in the moment.

“It’s a joy to watch. For many it reminds them of when they were children, or when they had young children in their lives and that can bring back a lot of happy memories.”

Braeside House first established links with Carebear Nursey when they invited the young children to sing Christmas carols in 2017.

Kirsten Adamson from Boogie beat ran the session which including singing songs and a role play activity telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood before a song and instrument session with the residents and children all together.

Kirsten said: “It was amazing to be part of and you could see the residents smiling and singing away as they began to remember the songs and nursery rhymes. I think it’s great idea bringing two generations together like this. We definitely all had a lot of fun!”

It is hoped that the Boogie Beats session will now become a regular activity at Braeside House.

Resident, Moira, said: “I used to be a nursey teacher, I did that for eight years. I loved watching all the kids I worked with learn and grow up over the years. Today was very special and I enjoyed it very much.”

Resident, Violet, added: “Well, that just made my life! The children brought so much energy today and it was a lovely thing to be part of. I was surprised I remembered so many nursery rhymes too!”