Performers John McKeuogh and Elizabeth Lanzon sing for residents at New Auckland Place.
Performers John McKeuogh and Elizabeth Lanzon sing for residents at New Auckland Place. Tom Huntley

Music proves food for soul at New Auckland Place

Two women watch all shows

AN IMMENSE amount of joy covered the faces across the whole audience.

Local entertainers Elizabeth Lanzon and John McKeough's infectious delight and pleasure while performing at New Auckland Place seemed to rub off on all of the residents.

Previously known as Domain Auckland Place, it takes pride in providing quality activities for all of its members.

"Music therapy has always been a part of our divisional therapy," New Auckland Place's Divisional Therapist Lindy Fry-Mitchell said.

Having numerous entertainers perform for its residents, music has become an important aspect to the care program.

"It's really become a part of our residents' lifestyle program,'' she said.

"Everyone can enjoy music no matter what their abilities."

Elizabeth and John visit the Age Care facility at least once a week, performing a great range of enjoyable music.

They perform for a good few hours, and also come along to the family barbecues, which occur once a month.

"They sing a really good mix of music, which is suited to the tastes of our residents," Ms Fry-Mitchell said.

"The families and visitors enjoy their performances too.

"We are really focused on being a family orientated facility, and we try to get family members involved and make it enjoyable."

A number of performers visit to entertain the residents.

"All of our entertainers are great, they give our residents so much happiness," Ms Fry-Mitchell said.

New Auckland Place

  • Activities are held six days a week.
  • They also provide bingo, arts and crafts, bus outings and hold themed parties.

Two women watch all shows

TWO ladies always receive great pleasure from the performances of John and Elizabeth at New Auckland Place.

Elsie Polido, left, and Phyllis Willis never miss John and Elizabeth's performances.
Elsie Polido, left, and Phyllis Willis never miss John and Elizabeth's performances. Tom Huntley

Phyllis Willis and Elsie Polido have established a strong passion for the performances, which they always try to attend.

"I enjoy every bit of it," Phyllis Willis said in relation to John and Elizabeth's shows.

"They never get any complaints. We all look forward to their performances; they are really good singers."

Phyllis and Elsie agreed they enjoyed the type of music played.

"I've always loved music. I'm always down here to watch them perform. They play a great variety of music," Elsie said.

It's safe to say the whole residency at New Auckland Place thoroughly enjoy the performances on offer to them.



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