It was the power of song and magic of memory that filled the room at Lealholme on Wednesday as entertainer Denise Drysdale took time out of her tour to perform for residents.
Many residents could not get to her show to appreciate her talent for displaying a common factor for the “silent generation”.
Denise uses her musical talent to engage with the residents.
“It allows me to give back a bit. I am 70 this year, I am not far behind them. You never know what is going to happen to yourself. I really get a feeling of satisfaction out of it,” she said.
Staff will never forget the visit because it brought speech to one of their residents who had not spoken for four years. ”There is a lady who hasn’t spoken at all for four years and then she started singing Happy Birthday. She said more today than she has in the four years that she has been here. I mean how fabulous is that?” Denise said.
Ding Dong’s visit came after her show at the Northern Festival Centre attracted 280 people
She explains that the audiences she has are the best, helping her to enjoy herself as much as they enjoy the show.
“They are really the best audiences. They are there to have a good time. Once the first laugh in the audience is off, so am I. It is the best,” she said.
Her tour has visited Horsham, Mount Gambier, Goolwa, Gawler, Kaniva, Whyalla and Renmark and will finish in Adelaide.