It was Anzac biscuits, lamingtons and Vegemite Saos for all when Bolton Clarke clients and residents celebrated Australia Day.
Across the organisation, our residential communities marked the day with events ranging from country music concerts and poetry reading at Baycrest, Hervey Bay to an Australian themed bake sale at Milford Grange, Ipswich.
Fernhill, Caboolture Diversional Therapist Alma Massie led Australia Day celebrations at the community’s Day Therapy Centre, including live music, singing and dancing.
Alma said celebrations where people could come together to sing and dance had many wellness benefits.
“Music can be a pleasant distraction,” she said. “Different forms of music can awaken many memories, thereby helping people with reminiscence and memory.
“More importantly it’s great for family members to see their loved ones smiling and enjoying life.”
The Caboolture Day Therapy Centre has a focus on social connection and residents are always ready to celebrate events.
Above all, Ms Massie said the promotion of mental well-being was a key benefit for residents.
“Coming together as a community builds a sense of belonging and acceptance which helps to improve self-esteem, confidence and self-worth.”