Whilst living at the Bendigo Home & Hospital for the Aged when I was 20, I naturally put up with a lot of stuff that still does my head in now and then.
Anyway I had an amazing flashback the other day whilst listing to a Choir known as
The members are all stroke survivors who have what’s known as Aphasis
(loss of speech after a stroke)
Remembering a stroke is a bleed or blockage in the brain that causes damage, usually happens on the left or right side.
The left side of the brain contains specific areas which control speech and language.
Therefore these stroke survivors all have difficulty finding and producing words to express themselves.
But, they can sing, that’s right I heard them, and they are great.
Many can sing words that they cannot say.
They have successfully learnt new lyrics and music in new songs.
Back to my “flashback”
The guy across corridor from my room sang the song “get me off this bloody toilet” on average three times a week.
The only way I could make light of this situation was to add some backing music using the buzzer.
It worked, the nurse always came running.
If you get a chance check out this great choir, they are genuine people who are having a great time.
Congratulations also to Stoke-a Chord team for participating in research which will soon be published in an international medical journal.
The finding from this research captures the therapeutic benefits of singing and music for stroke survivors and their families.