Nos­tal­gia ther­apy

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Old cars are good for you as you age, es­pe­cially for those liv­ing with de­men­tia. That’s the mes­sage from the car­ing folk at Bupa Aged Care Bankstown, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has joined forces with the Old Mo­tor­ing Club to in­sti­gate ac­tiv­i­ties that are hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on the fa­cil­ity’s res­i­dents.

Clas­sic car shows are rmly on the ac­tiv­i­ties list at Bupa Bankstown, which Bupa’s head of de­men­tia ser­vices Mar­garet Ryan said is about bring­ing like-minded peo­ple to­gether.

“A clas­sic car show is a so­cial way to re­lieve stress and en­gage in mean­ing­ful and joy­ful con­ver­sa­tions with our res­i­dents. For peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia, keep­ing ac­tive and so­cially en­gaged is won­der­ful for their self-es­teem and gen­eral well­be­ing. For older peo­ple, their risk of de­men­tia may be re­duced when they are con­nect­ing and re­con­nect­ing with what they love and en­joy,” Ms Ryan said. “Clas­sic cars are a form of nos­tal­gic ther­apy for our res­i­dents. In what other way can some­one choose an era where they’d like to re­turn? They sim­ply choose the year of car, pick a model, pick a colour, tune into their favourite AM ra­dio sta­tion and they’re in­stantly trans­ported back to a time and place of their choice. It is a vir­tual re­al­ity for those who were born be­fore the term vir­tual re­al­ity even ex­isted.” Res­i­dent Bill Prigg, 95, had fond mem­o­ries re­turn through be­ing re­united with a vin­tage Ford Fal­con he once owned and the in­volve­ment of his old car club. While Bill’s XL model Fal­con was the ob­ject of his af­fec­tions, fel­low car en­thu­si­ast and Old

Mo­tor­ing Club sec­re­tary Tracy Cutrupi brought her 1962 Chevro­let Be­lair along for other res­i­dents to rem­i­nisce over.

“The car be­longed to my fa­ther, he bought it brand new and I’ve owned it ever since he passed away,” Mrs Cutrupi said. “The Chevy was our fam­ily car then, and now, I use it to take my fam­ily to our Sun­day club events and to spe­cial gath­er­ings such as the Fa­ther’s Day Show at Bupa Bankstown for our mate Bill.

“Bill and his wife Mavis were the founders of the Old Mo­tor­ing Club and so when Bill re­tired as sec­re­tary in 2013, I lled the po­si­tion with Bill close by my side. Bill and Mavis would al­ways re­ceive a hand de­liv­ered copy of the monthly club jour­nal and be­lieve it or not, I still do it now.

“He isn’t just an ex-mem­ber, he is a mem­ber of our fam­ily who cre­ated a legacy and cul­ture within the club,” she said.

Bupa Bankstown recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties of­fi­cer Ruth O’Toole said that events are about mak­ing the res­i­dents happy.

“The sheer joy that cars from their era bring to the home is as­tound­ing – they start talk­ing about their rst dates and their rst car and all the things they did in them,” Ms O’Toole said.

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