Munhaven care home in Mundesley holds 1960s day to mark Dementia Awareness week

Hippies, Mary Quant mini skirts and good old prawn cocktail helped take residents in a north Norfolk care home on a nostalgic trip back to the 1960s today.

Munhaven, in Mundesley, staged a back-to-the-60s day as part of national Dementia Awareness Week.

Staff dressed in costumes of the period and some of the 19 residents, many of whom have dementia, got into the hippy Flower Power spirit of the day with a few blooms in their hair and face painting.

Staff member Julie Payne said they wanted to mark the week with something active and positive which would benefit residents and be fun.

'Often something from the past will trigger them to remember a lot of memories of their lives and the way things were, and they start chatting and remembering songs,' said Mrs Payne.

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'We chose the 1960s because a lot of the residents were bringing up their children then and were leading busy lives - and a lot happened in the 60s.'

Previous theme days on Dad's Army and holiday camps had been very successful and had caused a lot of laughter, she added.

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Among staff costumes were Andy Pandy and Teddy, from 60s' children's TV favourite show Watch with Mother, and reggae supremo Bob Marley.

During the day residents and staff also sampled sweets from the past, including sweet peanuts, flying saucers and sweet tobacco.

And the home's menus also featured retro favourites, such as coq au vin and baked Alaska.

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