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Sixties day helps mark launch of Troc Care Home's m4d Radio station

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A care home celebrated the launch of a radio station for those living with dementia with a Sixties-themed day.

m4d Radio is a new initiative from Music For Dementia, a campaign that calls for music to be more accessible to everyone living with the disease.

Staff at the Troc got into the spirit with fancy dress. (37127948)
Staff at the Troc got into the spirit with fancy dress. (37127948)

The day at Troc Care Home, Beacon Hill Road, Newark, featured fancy dress, a Sixties-style lunch of toad in the hole and trifle, outdoor games such as hook-a-duck and bowling, arts and crafts and lots of dancing to m4d Radio.

Hollie Brothwell, a carer at Troc, said: “The residents loved the Sixties-themed day. They were having so much fun. It was definitely something a bit different.

Residents enjoyed getting into the swing of the day. (37127950)
Residents enjoyed getting into the swing of the day. (37127950)

“The residents were a little bit startled when they first saw all the staff in fancy dress as they are not used to seeing us like that, but it was great to see the residents get into character and enjoy the Sixties music on m4d Radio throughout the afternoon.

“It’s obvious from the smiles on the faces of the residents that music has a valuable role to play in dementia care, as a carer it helps us in our role too.

“Seeing the residents up dancing and having a great time was simply magic.”

m4d Radio is a first-of-its-kind internet radio station available free and aimed at people living with dementia and their carers.

The new station launched last Thursday with support from a host of celebrities including Lauren Laverne, Vicky McClure, Arlene Phillips, Paul O’Grady and Fiona Phillips.

It aims to provide a lifeline for those living with dementia by helping them connect through music and help soothe some of the often distressing symptoms of the disease, including anxiety and agitation.

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