We were delighted to welcome students from The University of Edinburgh medical school to LifeCare. They worked with our clients to develop a ‘Playlist for Life’.
‘Playlist for Life’ was established as a charity by Sally Magnusson, broadcaster and writer. Music is a very powerful communication and reminiscence tool, particularly for people living with dementia.
The students worked with clients from our St Bernard’s dementia club and Dean club in small groups, to look at the music that has influenced their lives. Taking time to reminisce, to share stories and reflect on key events in their lives, where music has made an impact on them.
Thanks to support from our corporate partner Tesco Bank we also have all the equipment we need for our clients to continue to enjoy listening to their play lists.
Thanks to The Super Power Agency- an Edinburgh based literacy charity, LifeCare became part of an intergenerational pen pal project with pupils at Broughton High School. Our clients enjoyed writing to the pupils and loved the opportunity to meet the young people involved at the end of the project.
It had a huge impact on the pupils involved, Cal MacDonald from The Super Power Agency said it “boosted our young people’s writing ability, vocabulary, confidence and self-esteem.”
He added, “it couldn’t have happened without our older pen pals – many of whom are well kent faces around LifeCare in Stockbridge – so many thanks to them for sharing their wisdom, stories, time and love of writing, making a real impact in the lives of the young people of Edinburgh.”
We were very pleased to welcomed Pepper the robot from Heriot Watt University to the Dean Club.
A team of PhD students visited LifeCare to conduct research into behavioural studies and our lovely clients were more than happy to help.
Our clients and Pepper played dominoes together and engaged in conversation!
Francesca a Music Therapist from Nordoff Robbins a music therapy charity joined us at our two dementia clubs, St Bernard’s and The Cottage. Francesca worked with LifeCare to develop a music therapy programme that would benefit the clients that attend the clubs. The clients really enjoyed participating in making music and singing songs.
This programme was made possible thanks to the support of our corporate partner Tesco Bank.