Whiter Shade of Pale? Just Magic Moments

BUPA Residents with "Louis Armstrong" Shenton Dixon
BUPA Residents with "Louis Armstrong" Shenton Dixon

Far from looking a Whiter Shade of Pale, older people at a Haywards Heath nursing home are being offered their favourite pop hits like Magic Moments to warm their hearts in the winter.

The golden oldies hit parade is part of a “winter wellnesss” initiative at Downlands Park Nursing Home.

The Procol Harum hit made number four in a survey of 70 to 90-year-olds with Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ as their number one. The list is; 10. Tom Jones – ‘Green Green Grass of Home’9. Frankie Laine – ‘I Believe8. Elvis Presley – ‘It’s Now or Never’ (joint)8. Johnnie Ray – ‘Just Walkin’ in The Rain’ (joint)7. Perry Como – ‘Magic Moments’ 6. Doris Day – ‘Whatever Will Be, Will Be’5. The Beatles – ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ 4. Procol Harum – ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ 3. The Everly Brothers – ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’2. Nat King Cole – ‘Unforgettable’1. Louis Armstrong – ‘What a Wonderful World’The campaign is run by home owner Bupa in partnership with older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service formerly WRVS.

In the survey of 1,000 people Armstrong’s 1968 chart topper ‘What a Wonderful World’ was revealed as the song that gave the elderly the greatest sense of wellbeing. Bupa has issued the research to raise awareness of Winter Wellness Week, which takes place in Haywards Heath from November 11-17.

The Winter Wellness campaign aims to encourage older people to stay both physically and emotionally well during winter.The home will be treating residents and the local older community to live performances of the top ten feel-good songs in a bid to boost their feel good factor;. They will also be providing free food, exercise sessions and advice, including a winter warmer recipe booklet and ‘Get Ready for Winter’ advice leaflet.

Professor Grenville Hancox, who researched the relationship between music and elderly wellbeing for 12 years said: “The thing that binds all these songs together is the feeling of warmth, and feeling good about each other. There’s something hopeful and regenerative about the period of time from which these songs come from.”

Professor Hancox continues: “The thing that binds all these songs together is the feeling of warmth, and feeling good about each other. “There’s something hopeful and regenerative about the period of time from which these songs come from.” Campaign helps elderly people keep physically and emotionally well during winter months.