Alan’s story

Alan is a stroke survivor who accesses support and activities with the help of Donna, Stroke Communications Support Coordinator for The Stroke Association in Bridgend.

One of these groups is Movement to Music, led by Anwen at Rubicon Dance, who we have partnered with to share live music at dance sessions in care homes and day centres. Isla from Music in Hospitals & Care spoke to Alan, Anwen and Donna on a video call about the sessions moving online.

That element of having live music performance was really uplifting, it was really engaging. It was so nice to see everybody smiling and joining in, and people who hadn't joined in the previous sessions, who were encouraged to come along for the live session, have now said that they are going to continue to come every week.

 

Alan: “Lockdown has been awful. I’ve been unable to see family, meet with neighbours. It’s been difficult to be motivated to get myself going. It’s been far too easy to put things to one side, to leave it until later, wait until tomorrow. Because if I don’t wash the dishes, nobody’s going to see it. That was the mood to begin with.

Slowly I got to doing things and I have to say, Movement to Music made me move, made me do things and it gave me an interest as well. And when we get back to what everybody’s calling normal, mine will be a different normal to what it was before. And hopefully it will be a more active normal because I’ve been able to prove to myself that I can do things and it’s encouraged me to do more.”

Donna: “Today’s session was the first live music Movement to Music session that we’ve done and the feedback I had immediately after the session ended was how great it was. That element of having live music performance was really uplifting, it was really engaging. It was so nice to see everybody smiling and joining in, and people who hadn’t joined in the previous sessions, who were encouraged to come along for the live session, have now said that they are going to continue to come every week.”

Anwen: “It was amazing today to have the live music. It just added an extra ‘oomph’ to the class. People who normally would not join in certain bits were joining in fully, everybody just loved it. And it just gave an extra… extra, extra, extra emphasis to the class.”

Alan: “It felt more like a combined ‘live’ performance, live by us as well as the performers.”

Anwen: “That’s what’s so great about music. Alan didn’t have to miss any sessions – he couldn’t move because he had an operation, but [was] still part of the group, still listening, still singing along. It’s still engagement. So even if somebody’s movement range is so tiny, that music just brings everybody together, and it’s just so uplifting.”

Alan: “I feel that the music has been as helpful to me as my medication.”

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