The Sydmar Lodge Care Home in the United Kingdom has been under lockdown for four months now, so one of the carers decided to have a little fun with the elders.
Things were pretty boring down at the Sydmar Lodge Care Home in Edgware, United Kingdom. That is, until one of the caretakers, Robert Speker, decided to have a little bit of silly fun with the residents of the nursing home. Grabbing some costumes and a camera, he encouraged the elders to strike a pose. Collaborating with some of the spunkiest of the nursing home lot, he was able to recreate classic album covers, such as David Bowie's Aladdin Sane and Michael Jackson's Bad. They even recreated some contemporary hits like Taylor Swift's 1989 and Adele's 21 (though they did go through a renaming).
Sydmar Lodge Care Home residents and carers have been recreating classic album covers. The home has now been in lockdown for 4 months. pic.twitter.com/XS5YQ4f1Sw— Robert Speker (@robertspeker) July 10, 2020
Speker shared the masterpieces via a post on Twitter, where the photos obviously went viral. He wrote, "Sydmar Lodge Care Home residents and carers have been recreating classic album covers. The home has now been in lockdown for 4 months." In his initial post, he shared four album covers: Adele's 21 which was transformed to Vera's 93, Taylor Swift's 1989 which became RC's 1922, Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA turned into Martin Steinberg's Born in England, and Queen II turned Carers. Needless to say, the post was a big hit. One Twitter user replied, "These are so moving. Reminds me of my 97-year-old grandmother telling me that on the inside she was still 18. Beautiful."
Another added. "My grandma is 93 and often says that she catches herself in the mirror and wonders 'who that old woman is' as she still thinks of herself as being in her 20s." The post eventually got so much traction that Speker decided to turn this into an opportunity to raise funds for the care home. He announced: "We have just launched a GoFundMe to raise money for activities for all the residents whilst they remain in lockdown. [The idea of a] calendar has been [a] very popular suggestion so we are looking into this now." The campaign is the carer's way of trying to make his residents' time "as happy and full of enjoyment and interesting as possible."
All the money he raises through the GoFundMe campaign will be donated to Alzheimer’s UK and Dementia Friends, two charities he has been heavily involved with. He is reportedly a Dementia Friends Champion. In the meantime, he's been sharing even more recreations, including album covers of Elvis Presley (in which a resident uses her cane in the place of a guitar) and Blink 182 where one of the elders dons the carers' gloves and nursing uniform (va va voom!). At a time when things can get lonely and isolating, it is heartwarming to see that folks like Speker are doing their bit to keep the hope and happiness alive. You can click here to donate to his fundraiser.