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Ukulele group performs at Kilmore’s Caladenia Nursing Home

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

KILMORE and District University of the Third Age, U3A, Ukulele Group performed for residents at Caladenia Nursing Home last month as part of the nursing home’s activities. 

Started six months ago, the group has been playing and singing at the Kilmore nursing home every month as their regular gig.

Residents at the nursing home have been listening to a variety of music such as traditional and modern music, folk, and traditional Irish songs. 

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U3A member Amanda Oades said the group enjoyed bringing joy into people’s lives when performing songs. 

“It’s just giving something back to the community – it’s a lot of fun, we get a kick out of their enjoyment as well, it gives us something to focus on as well,” she said.

“Depending on the circumstances, it can evoke memories, good memories, they can become verbal with singing, and they remember songs if they don’t remember other things. It’s really good.”

Caladenia Nursing Home resident Kevin Cooper enjoys U3As ukulele session. ​

Caladenia Nursing Home activities coordinator Prue Shannon said the nursing home was always keen for more entertainers to support and entertain residents. 

“Any music is very beneficial to the elderly, they love it, it’s the best entertainment we can give them,” she said.

“We’re always looking for new people to come and sing to perform.” 

Nursing home resident Kevin Cooper said he ‘looked forward to groups like these.’

The Kilmore and District U3A Ukulele Group will also perform on November 26 at the John Taylor Room, Kilmore Library with other performing groups.

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