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Happy days are here again

18 July 2018

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Gracelands resident Kay Tall at the rock 'n' roll dinner

Hastings Leader


Hula hoops, jukeboxes and sideburns all epitomise the glorious rock and roll era of the 1950s- and at Graceland’s Lifestyle Care and village last week the staff and residents relived those carefree days.

The 50s were a time of close-knit families and this strong sense of community is an important element that is fostered amongst the residents and staff at Gracelands, says activities co-ordinator Jules Hamilton.

The two-day event began with a “decidedly nostalgic flair” as residents were treated to a display of tock and roll dancing by Hawke’s Bay Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, which included Graceland’s own diversional therapist Viv Harrison and physiotherapist Jane Pierce.
The following day residents awoke to find their dining rooms transformed into 1950s diners. Checquered tablecloths and vinyl record table toppers were very popular as was the menu which was prepared by area catering manager and chef Andy Glover- American style hotdogs, cheese burgers, fries and, of course, ice cream sundaes, Jules says.

Staff dressed in circle skirts and wore bobby socks and the whole event was a great success that everyone enjoyed from start to finish, says Viv. 

“As a lot of our residents were aged 20 to 30 in the 1950s, the memories and reminiscing from the event was a joy to behold.”


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