Unpacking Christmas Memories

Last week The Beacon Club were treated to an interactive performance by Michelle Burke and James Ross in their unique dementia-friendly sensory show, “The Christmas Box”. The act was delivered as part of Capital Theatre’s Dementia Friendly Care Homes Tour, offering a one-of-a-kind experience for our wonderful Beacon Club members.

The show featured a number of festive songs performed by Michelle, with James accompanying on the keyboard. Members, sang along with classics such as “Jingle Bells”, “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Everyone got involved and channeled their Christmas spirit!

A highlight of the afternoon was a Christmas ‘sensory box’, filled with a variety of holiday-themed objects to help spark conversations on everyone’s favourite Christmas memories. Sensory boxes can also be a great soothing activity for those with dementia, particularly if they help to reminisce about different times in their lives.

Nancy Bryson, Adult Community Services Manager, was on hand for the show and emphasised how valuable this incredible experience was for Beacon Club members:

“It was a lovely, heartwarming experience. The members started recounting their past Christmas traditions, the favourite Christmas songs they would sing, what games they enjoyed playing when they were younger – everyone really enjoyed it.”

A warm thank you to both Michelle and James for putting on an excellent show – it was much cherished by everyone who attended, and we would wholeheartedly recommend The Christmas Box to anyone interested in an experience tailored towards those with dementia, and their carers.