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By Debbie le Quesne

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How Albert, 87, gets in the groove to spread the dignity message

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If you’re looking for music from the 50s, 60s and 70s, it’s time to met veteran DJ Albert Taylor.

Probably the oldest swinger ‘in the mix’ in Britain, he had everyone on their feet at a National Dignity Action Day bash in Sandwell.

The spritely 87-year-old provided the entertainment for 200 people at Goldfield Court, a development of extra care apartments in the heart of West Bromwich.

The Eagles fan regularly used to DJ for the Greets Green Partnership, a scheme to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of residents in the West Bromwich district, and at tea dances at local community centres.

Sandwell Council and social enterprise Housing 21’s extra care housing organised the event as part of celebrations across the country, led by the National Dignity Council.

Don’t you just love this stuff – 87 and still the life and soul of the party, promoting dignity and doing his bit to spread the message to help make a difference in people’s lives.

Other entertainment included a sing well choir, a barber shop choir and dancers from Disability Day Opportunities Performing Arts Group.

As part of the event people could add a pledge on how they would uphold dignity or say how they would like to be treated.

Albert’s story is one of thousands across the country as people embrace the Dignity Action Day campaign.

At West Midlands Care Association we held a training event at Kelvedon House in Clarkson Road, Wednesbury. The home hosted the awareness workshop where our trainer, Wendy, who encouraged carers to support residents to do things for themselves.

The temptation always is to intervene too early and take control back, or perhaps unwittingly not fully explain what is being done. Preserving dignity is a positive action and if we can create prompts for people to remember the campaign is all worth while.

Image credit: Sandwell MBC website

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