French lessons for care home residents
French classes at Austenwood Nursing Home, with Lorna Cox and Debbie Lomax. A GERRARDS Crossbased language academy has got the residents of Austenwood Nursing Home, Chalfont St Peter, speaking French in a bid to keep their brains healthy.
The Little Language Academy, which already teaches French on a regular basis at another care home in the village and many other schools and nurseries in the area, started the fortnightly activity sessions for residents earlier this month.
Debbie Lomax, owner of The Little Language Academy, said: “It’s really important that the mental muscles which are the factors of the mind are exercised and used regularly in elderly people.
“Brain activity needs to be stimulated to keep brains healthy and memories strong.
“Our special classes for the residents provide fun and challenging activities whilst also introducing or reinforcing French language which some of the residents will remember from when they were younger.
“We have a busy programme organised, which will include French bingo, parachute games, French quizzes, singing with musical instruments and even French cheese and wine tasting”.
Vikki Morris, activities coordinator at the home, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Little Language Academy to our home and to be able to offer a very different kind of activity for our residents.
“We are constantly looking for new ideas to introduce, and feel sure that this will become a popular feature”.
Contact Debbie on 07903 525 070 or email info thelittlelanguage academy.co.uk for more information.