Perthshire home residents learning French to tackle dementia

Balhousie Ruthven Towers Care Home in Auchterader has been working with social enterprise Lingo Flamingo to offer French classes to residents in a bid to help delay the symptoms of dementia.

It is believed that speaking multiple languages can delay the onset of dementia by up to five years. The tailored sessions help residents with early forms of dementia to improve communication, cognitive development and inter-personal skills, as well as build their confidence.

Residents at the Perthshire care home have just finished a ten-week French workshop, taking part in a range of activities including music sessions, word association and learned memory techniques.

Jozi Stables, home manager at Balhousie Ruthven Towers Care Home, commented: “Lingo Flamingo’s foreign language workshops have proved very popular with our residents and the benefits have been amazing to see. Residents that were quite disengaged at the beginning became fully engaged by the end of the ten-weeks. We have residents that are counting in French and even singing the French national anthem! It is fantastic to see how they respond to the activities and the enjoyment they get out of every session.”

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