“Magical” Dementia Friendly Folk Concert “Makes Life Worth Living”

The picturesque coastal town of Broadstairs witnessed a heart-warming and ground-breaking event during this year's Folk Week. The first-ever 'Dementia Friendly Folk' concert, a collaborative effort between Chartwell House by Boutique Care Homes and Broadstairs Folk Week 2023.

The event took place on Thursday, August 17, at the Sarah Thorne Theatre on Fordoun Road. With a focus on inclusivity and the transformative power of music, the event’s success showcased the positive impact it had on those living with dementia.

Under the spotlight were the talented Krista Bubble & The Ceilidh Shapes, who took the stage with their enchanting folk melodies and lively rhythms. The event’s atmosphere was electric, resonating with attendees of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The energy was contagious, and the sense of togetherness was palpable.

Following the event, attendee Angela W took to Facebook to share her thoughts, saying, “It was a lovely afternoon, I really enjoyed being part of it and hope it will go ahead again next year.” Her heartfelt words encapsulate the sentiment shared by many who attended.

Jude Coveney, Admissions Manager at Chartwell House and the visionary behind ‘Dementia Friendly Folk,’ expressed her delight at the event’s resounding success. She shared, “The magic of ‘Dementia Friendly Folk’ lies in its ability to create a shared experience. Music has a way of reaching deep within us, sparking memories and forging connections. This event was a testament to the fact that, through the universal language of music, we can bridge gaps and create beautiful moments.”

The event drew a crowd of 30 attendees, all of whom were captivated by the power of music to transcend barriers. The heartening testimonies from attendees who experienced the event firsthand were a testament to its impact. Gerald Gold, a resident of Chartwell House Care Home in Broadstairs, shared his thoughts, saying, “Yesterday is the sort of event that makes life worth living, it was a lot of fun.”

The success of ‘Dementia Friendly Folk’ highlighted the significance of providing tailored and inclusive experiences for individuals living with dementia. The event’s atmosphere was carefully crafted to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable environment for all attendees, fostering a sense of community and understanding. Dominic, a relative of Chartwell House Resident, Teresa, echoed the sentiments of many, sharing, “It was excellent fun for all of us, Teresa loved it.”

As the first event of its kind at Folk Week, ‘Dementia Friendly Folk’ has left a lasting impression. The positive feedback from attendees and the enthusiasm it generated among those involved underscore its potential to become a cherished tradition. Jude Coveney expressed her hopes for the future, saying, “We aspire to build on this foundation and continue bringing the magic of ‘Dementia Friendly Folk’ to future Folk Week celebrations.”

The success of ‘Dementia Friendly Folk’ at Broadstairs Folk Week 2023 echoes the power of music to break barriers and create cherished memories. The event’s heartwarming performances and inclusive atmosphere have left an indelible mark on the hearts of attendees.