Residents at Emmanuel House, the Minster-run care home in East Yorkshire, have been having fun while keeping active, by taking part in exercise classes set to music. The ‘Movement 2 Music’ sessions involve group-based exercises designed to improve the overall health of participants, including their mobility, balance and mental well-being.
The ‘Movement 2 Music’ sessions involve muscle-strengthening exercises with balls, hula-hoops and scarves. Residents exercise and sing along to a soundtrack of familiar songs, including wartime tunes such as ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor’.
The exercise routines are tailored for older people and are intended to improve participants’ flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. This can lead to improved overall health, greater confidence and a reduced instance of falls. Exercises like this have also been shown to reduce the impact of chronic illnesses and improve sleeping patterns. Music played during the classes also acts as a form of reminiscence therapy as residents remember songs from their past.
Collette Spooner, activities coordinator at Emmanuel House, said: “The residents really enjoy the ‘Movement 2 Music’ sessions. It’s wonderful to see the uplifting effect the exercises have on them. Afterwards, everyone is in a great mood and really talkative. They remember the songs from previous weeks, which seems to have a positive effect on their memory.
“Exercises are an important part of the various activities we organise at Emmanuel House. Staying active keeps residents mentally as well as physically healthy, which helps them to remain independent and enjoy the best quality of life possible.”