French lessons for care home res­i­dents

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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.

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