A group of British nursing home residents refused to let the lockdown dampen their mood. They have spent their Coronavirus-quarantined acts as teenagers and recreated famous album covers, complete with makeup and fake tattoos … and gained world fame.
Robert Speker, event coordinator at Sydmar Lodge in north London, came up with the idea to keep the seniors’ spirit alive. He chose 12 albums, residents who most resembled the stars, picked his clothes, applied the face painting and took the photographs.
He says that the seniors were “enthusiastic and maybe a little appealed by the idea” but everyone participated happily. Some add their own blossoms such as 93-year-old Sheila Solomons, who used her walking stick as a pretend guitar to mimic British punk band the clashis known London Calling cover (see left). Four health care workers are added to the fun by recreating a Queen album and Roma Cohen endured several hours of makeup to be dazzled like David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane (see right).
Speker, who has worked at the nursing home since 2015 and won awards for “thinking outside the box” in the past, transformed Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the US into Born in England with the help of resident Martin Steinberg, while others imitated Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, Adele and Johnny Cash.
After publishing the photos on Facebook and Twitter on July 10, Speker has been inundated with requests for more album covers and been asked to turn the photos into a book or calendar. He has now created a GoFundMe site called The Show Must Go On to raise money for Alzheimer’s UK and dementia friends.
The home has been Covid-free since lockdown began on March 12, but Speker, who took a nonagenarian backstage at a pop concert last summer and another senior swim for the first time in 20 years, fears it could be many more months before the restrictions are total. lifted.
“I want to make his time as happy and full of joy as possible,” he says of his aging with attitude residents.
If you would like to contribute to his GoFundMe project to raise funds for age / memory research, visit here.
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Please share!A little project I did with Sydmar Lodge Residents and carers, recreating classic album covers.Residents at the care home have now been in lockdown for 120 days.#carehomealbumcovers
Photo: Two versions of Blink 182’s album State enema