Have you ever seen yourself spending your old age in a nursing home, away from your family, away from those you love? Can you imagine what it is like to spend the rest of your days away from home? That can be a very daunting and lonely prospect, but it is the reality facing many elderly people in our country today.
Well aware of this, the Godllywood group in Cape Town came up with an idea to help some of those in our society who have been feeling and living this way.
Dressed in attire that was similar to what was worn in the 1960s, and singing songs from that era, volunteers sought to bring a little bit of joy into the lives of elderly residents of the Zonnebloem ACVV Dienstak Old Age Home in Cape Town. They wanted to help everyone recapture good times from their youth.
To their surprise, this is exactly what they achieved! Upon seeing the costumes and hearing the songs from a time when life was very different for them, most of the 70 people present joined in the celebration, dancing the hour away and singing along to the songs they remembered all too well.
The Godllywood volunteers also prepared a cake and a board with pictures from their previous visits, so the elderly could have something to remember them by.
Irene, one of the residents who was celebrating her 95th birthday, was overjoyed to have company and something special on a day that would otherwise have been ordinary.
Visiting the elderly is one of the many social activities carried out by the Godllywood group; based on the certainty that anyone, in their own small way, can turn on a light in a dark room. This can be paying a visit, offering a smile, a good conversation, some time from their day and why not, even dancing?