It was the power of song, and magic of memory that filled the room at Lealholme on Wednesday, as Denise Drysdale took time out of her tour and performed for the residents.
With many residents unable to get to her show and much of her comic and talent a common factor for the silent generation, her visit to Lealholme was very much appreciated.
Denise uses her musical talent to engage with the residents, especially those with dementia, where it is a therapy that enables residents to feel at ease.
“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.”
Denise’s visit was one that Lealholme workers will never forget, having the ability to bring speech to one of their residents who had not spoken for four years.
“Music is the best thing that you can do. There is a lady in there that hasn’t spoken at all for four years and then she started singing happy birthday. She said more today than she has done in the four years that she has been here. I mean how fabulous is that.”
Ding Dong’s visit came after her show at the Northern Festival Centre which 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.”
Her tour has visited Horsham, Mount Gambier, Goolwa, Gawler, Kaniva, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Renmark and will be finishing in Adelaide.