In loving memory of Mavis Hunt from Llanddarog, Carmarthenshire
In the Journal of Neurology (2016) it is stated that hearing impairments, and in particular hyperacusis, add complications to the care of those at the end stages of dementia. Hyperacusis is a painful and sometimes debilitating hearing distortion. For those with the condition, they tend to avoid noisy environments, finding them intolerable, but what of the person living with dementia in the Care Home? People can not escape from the sounds of the buffer machine cleaning the floor, the clink of the tea trolley, the hustle and bustle of care home life. Even the television, the radio, listening to music, all of these can exacerbate hyperacusis.
At Sound Memories, Director, Cheryl Beer has been exploring ways in which we can bring nature quietly indoors, using slow motion, silent films, watched and listened to through sound excluding headphones, thus closing off the outside sound, and yet enabling the relief that we know nature can bring, through visual stimuli.
We are now carrying out a trial of our Silent Nature Research thanks to a very kind donation from the Hunt family of Llanddarog, in loving memory of Wife & Mother, Mavis Hunt. This funding donation for research, is enabling us to visit a Care Home and work directly with those who have end stage dementia, making Silent Nature Films of people's favourite places and measuring the effect of the films for those taking part. Potentially, Silent Nature could be a new way of working with older people who live with end stage dementia. We are so grateful to the family for their kindness, enabling us to start our research.
'Our Grandmother lived with dementia. Our Mother & Father cared for her. A resource such as this, would have made an amazing difference. We are pleased as a family, to be a small part of this innovative research.' Louise Lodwick (Daughter)
During the research, we will also share the Silent Nature Films here, so that people outside of the research group can enjoy them.
As an example, the above is a SILENT NATURE film called Wild Poppies, filmed as a tester at Gorslwyd Farm Sound Healing Centre, owned by Jenni & Ali Chapter. Many thanks to them for kindly giving us access. Why not take a moment, sit silently and watch the poppies sway in the breeze. I would be interested to know how it makes you feel.