Hampshire School Steel Drum Band Grants Dementia Sufferer's Last Wish
Patsy is 68 and suffers with Alzheimer’s. Her daughter Vic asked the local community to grant her one wish, to hear a steel drum band play again to remind her of her childhood.
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Vic Houghton in Chertsey contacted Eagle Radio about her Mother, Patsy who suffers with Alzheimer’s, a form of Dementia.
She wanted to see whether anyone in the local community could grant her Mum’s wish, to hear a steel drum band again similar to those she heard in childhood.
“The only thing that seems to make her happy these days is listening to music where she'll get her spoons out and start banging them together and dancing around the house.”
Eagle Radio had partnered in 2017 with the Orchard Dementia Centre as their Charity Of The Year to helped get the message out.
Frances Earwood, Head of Music at Brighton Hill Community School in Basingstoke saw Vic’s plea on social media and asked the school’s steel drum band whether they wanted to help fulfill Patsy’s wish.
“I saw the video and it just really reminded me of my experience with my grandfather with Alzheimer’s, [and then I] asked the kids whether they would be interested and obviously they said yes as well they're really keen!”
Music Therapy and Dementia
Matt, volunteer at the Orchard Dementia Centre explained just how much the steel band was important for Patsy’s Alzheimer’s.
“There was a time last week when I was speaking to Patsy in the morning and I said ‘Patsy what music would you like to play?’ and she goes ‘I want the steel band’ so, she was actually able to remember some of the information gained from the previous day which actually, is a really important point. Music just opens parts of the brain up, that language often doesn't – so it's really important that everyone gets a really wide experience in that respect.”
Patsy and the Steel Drums was filmed by Greer Riddell for Eagle Radio at the Orchard Dementia Centre.
Orchard Dementia Centre Brighton Hill School Steel Drums