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In February, a very special event took place at the Dementia Competence Center “MaVida Park Velden” in Austria: Six RED NOSES clowns did a sensitive visit to the residents of the senior citizen’s home following the motto “Clowning on silent soles”. MaVida Park Velden is the only facility in Austria that focuses on patients with dementia and is regularly visited by trained RED NOSES clowns.
Six RED NOSES clowns from different Austrian provinces came together in Velden with a very special mission: Together with the more than 100 residents of the senior citizens’ home, the cheerful clown troupe went on a cozy winter journey! Equipped with snow globes, guitars, an accordion and well-known winter songs, the sensitive clowns started their visits.
“Patients with dementia require a particularly great deal of sensitivity, such as the conscious use of harmony. We often notice touching reactions, especially to songs that the seniors recognize or that remind them of a particular situation in their lives. That is why music plays a very important role in our work with people with dementia – it opens doors and hearts,” says Christian Moser, regional artistic director of RED NOSES province of Carinthia in Austria.
Clown visits with a scientific background
Since that day, two RED NOSES clowns have been visiting the senior citizens’ home every two weeks, always on Wednesday afternoons. The missions are carried out thanks to the “ClowNexus” project, which is scientifically accompanied and documented.
“MaVida Park is an innovative project in the care of people with dementia. It strives to gain further scientific knowledge in a wide variety of settings. We are very pleased to be able to work together with RED NOSES to bring a little more joy into the everyday lives of our residents,” says Johannes Hecher, home manager of MaVida Park Velden.