Improving social isolation and mental well-being through intergenerational music sessions

In a bid to improve residents' health and well-being, one care home in Oxfordshire holds free intergenerational music sessions, where residents and children are engaged in melody making.  

Smiles make their way around the residents of Abingdon Court Care Home as the children enter the lounge. Noise erupts as greetings take place between the residents and the children’s parents, before the babies’ giggles catch everyone’s attention.

This is the opening scene of the monthly All Together Now intergenerational music session held at the Oxfordshire care home with nursing. Organised by Rachel Shearer, the intergenerational session involves babies, toddlers and pre-school children and residents interacting with one another through music.

Bringing age groups together

Abingdon Court Care Home decided to bring the age groups together five years ago when the then activities coordinator realised that residents’ spirits were lifted when their grandchildren visited, explains Ms Shearer.

‘The idea was


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