By Debbie le Quesne

Care Home Idol contest spreads some sunshine

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It set out to challenge stereotypes, bring laughter to our care homes and expose an array of talent among staff and residents. Care Home Idol – loosely based on the TV contest, Pop Idol – has certainly done that and there’s no time like the present to update you with the latest news.

For my money, the lovely Gladys Stevens and Bev Temple, have the title in the bag. With some 7.789 internet views, their rendition of the Elvis song ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ seems to have gone viral. ( See www.carehome.co.uk/idol/idol.cfm/id/63 )

The duet was filmed at Rose Lodge, Newton, Aycliffe, and leads the voting with 251 votes already in the bag.

On a day when storms are set to batter the UK, it’s worth taking a look at the link to spread a little sunshine.

I fully support this initiative and I’m sure as residents are encouraged to sing and perform, music can have a huge impact on their wellbeing.

Interesting isn’t it, that music can drastically affect people with dementia helping to unlock forgotten memories and reaching into the brain in a way that no other form of communication can. To quote Professor Paul Robertson, a concert violinist and academic who has made a study of music in dementia care: “We tend to remain contactable as musical beings on some level right up to the very end of life.”

The contest has received the support of MPs such as Penny Mordaunt MP, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ageing and Older People.

The 2013 Care Home Idol will be announced shortly after the competition closes on March 31, so we are not that many weeks away from a decision. Open to residents and staff, the contest has racked up thousands of web viewings. It is sponsored by carehome.co.uk.

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