Dementia care: Nightclub opens doors to elderly to dance away symptoms

dementiaSuccess... the Boogie & Buffet event triggered many happy memories (Image: SWNS)

More than 160 pensioners from care homes across Nottinghamshire headed to Pryzm nightclub for its Boogie & Buffet event. They shared stories from the club’s heyday, when it was previously known as the Palais de Danse. For Mary Edgson, 89, returning to the Palais was on her “bucket list” as she met her now-late husband on the dancefloor almost 70 years ago. 

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The pair fell in love as they danced to Vera Lynn’s Jealousy, which Mary insists is still her favourite song. 

She recalled: “I looked across the dancefloor, and it was love at first sight.” 

Debra Buxton, who owns the Conifers Rest Home in Bakersfield where Mary now lives, said: “It’s been on Mary’s bucket list to come back to the Palais and she never, ever thought she’d get the chance.” 

Ms Buxton, who has run the residential home for 30 years, said the event helped people living with dementia remember their past. 

dementiaPryzm... The new venue hosting the day events for dementia sufferers (Image: SWNS)

She continued: “It’s extremely important for them to come back here because it ignites a lot of memories and feelings. 

“A lot of our residents are tearful because it brings back happy and sad memories at the same time. 

“Music is definitely a key to dementia. It stimulates them.” 

Gladys Stone, 83, reminisced about meeting her husband Jack in the queue to the club. 

The grandmother, who now lives at the Cherry Trees Resource Centre in Bestwood Park, said: “I used to come here a lot, on Fridays and Saturdays. 

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