Grow Exeter | Jan 17, 2019 | 0
Sweet Result Fitness Brings Silent Discos For Dementia Patients To Exeter
A local fitness company from Weston-Super-Mare is branching out into therapeutic care, delivering silent disco sessions to dementia patients and those with complex needs.
Mark Sweeting, of Sweet Result Fitness, had the idea to bring the healing power of music to care homes across the region in the form of a silent disco. Each participant is given a set of headphones to wear, and all types of music, from Elvis to Frank Sinatra with a bit of Taylor Swift thrown in, is played. The effects are apparent immediately, as participants are able to reconnect with fond memories from their past. Using props from feather boas to glow sticks, the whole room soon becomes filled with people dancing, tapping their feet, or swaying along to the sounds they hear.
“A silent disco usually invokes images of twenty-somethings raving to hard-core techno at a festival, but now dementia patients are donning the headphones and we’re seeing great success. Patients are reaping huge mental benefits; agitation and frustration are common among those with dementia, but after a session at the silent disco, patients feel far more settled and behavioural issues are reduced for the rest of the day. The concept has been a huge hit with patients and staff.”
Mark has been delivering silent disco sessions across Weston North Somerset , Gloucester and Somerset including at Brunel Care Day Centre, Clevedon. Maddie Norman, Team Leader, said:
“Everybody really enjoyed themselves, they engaged with the music wonderfully, and all the props that were used made the session so much fun. The staff had a great time too! Music is a wonderful forum to lift the spirits, and Mark delivered the session very well. We’re so looking forward to our next Silent Disco.”
Exeter had their first Halloween-themed Silent Disco at Wisteria House on Tuesday 30th at 11am and hope to for many more in the future.
For more information on Silent Discos for dementia patients, those with other complex needs or on fitness classes in the community, contact Mark Sweeting on 07412066876 or email email@example.com