MUSICIANS have been welcomed back to the Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged, after two years of intermittent COVID-19 lockdowns.
Among the first to perform was Titania Gilbert (pictured), a violinist who has been blind since birth.
Mercy Health's lifestyle co-ordinator Kylie Paxton said the performances at the Golden Square facility were part of a music therapy program which helped residents express themselves.
"Music therapy can play an important role in the care of older people, with many music therapists in Australia working in aged care settings,'' Ms Paxton said.
"It can help the elderly and people living with dementia express their feelings, communicate with others and prompt memories through listening, singing, songwriting or playing an instrument."
A resident of the home, Jean McGlashan, sung along to the music as she knew the lyrics.
"I've lived here for three years, it's a wonderful place,'' she said.
"It's great to have music back. We haven't had visitors for ages. It's good to have people coming people back in."
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