These heart-warming pictures show a care home hosting a 1940s Christmas dance – to help bring back memories for dementia patients.
The colours and music of the 1940s and 1950s era filled Abbeyfield’s Cunningham House in North Weald, Epping, Essex.
It staged a fancy dress party to trigger thoughts of Christmases past for residents and older people in the community.
The joy it brought to the OAPs could clearly been seen as they smiled, laughed and danced.
The special event was aimed at people with dementia living both in Cunningham House and the surrounding area.
Cunningham House has a specialist dementia unit as well as offering top quality care to elderly people.
House manager Paul Buckle invited along local people living with the condition, and their families and carers to join in the fun.
Paul said: “People with dementia are no different to anyone else who feels lonely at Christmas.
“They hold on to their emotions, it’s just they can’t always access their memories in chronological order.
“They may feel they are missing someone and feel the emotional side of loneliness without quite knowing the reason why.”
“The party was all about making an emotional connection to yesterday and encouraging reminiscing, which is so important for all older people’s quality of life, not just those with dementia.
“We’re nearing the end of the generation of people who remember the 1940s and ’50s, so we wanted to trigger memories with the fashions of the period and we brought in a swing band for a real party atmosphere.”
The heart of the event was alleviating loneliness among older people during the festive period.