Songs warm cool spring day
A sing-a-long programme designed for older people attracted a group of young visitors last week.
Around 20 Age Concern Taranaki members usually get together every second and fourth Wednesday of the month to sing, socialise and play instruments together and share lunch.
However, there was a change of pace last Wednesday when around 20 mothers and children from the New Plymouth Playcentre visited the de Burgh Lodge in Moturoa where the Age Concern group meets.
‘‘This is a social connection programme that helps enhance memories and also helps stimulate the mind,’’ coordinator Pauline Julian said.
Usually only rest-home residents visit the social afternoon and this was the first time the younger generation had stopped by.
The visit was organised by the playcentre so that the children could sing some waiata and also socialise with others as part of Ma¯ori language week.
Parent Fleur La Franckie enjoyed the visit and said there were many benefits to visiting others in the community. ‘‘Part of the early childhood curriculum focuses on community and relationships so this was a good chance for us to expand on that. The kids are at an age now where they are really drawn to the music,’’ La Franckie said.
The Age Concern group sang the classic songs Ten guitars and How much is that doggie in the window? while the playcentre singers brought smiles to many faces with Oma Rapiti.
While most of the children who visited were around the 0-5 age group and many didn’t know the actual words to the songs, they happily played along on the instruments or danced around.
The playcentre had visited a couple of rest homes before and everyone enjoyed their visit to the sing along group.
‘‘Yes it’s been really fun,’’ La Franckie said.
It was difficult to tell who had the most fun, the kids or the grownups.
‘‘It’s been a fantastic day and it was good to see so many smiles on so many faces,’’ Julian said.
Members of New Plymouth Playcentre and Age Concern Taranaki get together to sing and socialise.