Dementia sufferers benefit from silent discos at Weston-super-Mare care home

Mark Sweeting leading the silent disco.

Mark Sweeting leading the silent disco. - Credit: Archant

Silent discos are having a ‘remarkable effect’ on people with dementia in Weston care homes.

Fitness coach Mark Sweeting, from Sweet Result Fitness, visited Manor Park Dementia Nursing Home to treat residents to some music.

Residents wore wireless headphones to listen to an eclectic mix of music such as The Beatles, Elvis and Abba and used a variety of props including glow sticks and feather boas.

Silent discos are popular at festivals, but they are now being used for older people, especially those with dementia, to help stimulate happy memories.

Home manager, Lauren Barnes, said: “The positive effect the disco generated was remarkable – it brought residents who are usually quiet out of themselves, and on others is had a calming effect.

“A dozen residents took part, each choosing to participate in their own way. It worked so well because for that hour it’s just the music and them, and no other distractions. It was so heartwarming to see everyone smiling and happy.”