Seniors recreating famous album covers is your ideal lockdown escape

Lula Sharp
July 15, 2020

He's happy with the attention they've gained online, and has started a GoFundMe to help raise a fund to help the Home continue to make more inventive entertainment activities for the residents, who haven't had visitors in months.

For example, Sheila, a 93-year-old resident, requested to do the cover of Rag'n'Bone Man's album "Human", since she had met the lead singer in person.

The cover makeovers range from classic Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift's 1989, all reimagined with residents and caregivers in the spotlight.

Could anyone improve upon David Bowie's iconic lightning-bolt painted face?

Staffers got in on the project, too, with four carers lit from below, looking every bit as moody as Queen. Then I proposed the idea to each resident.

Speker pitched the album cover he felt best suited each resident, and took charge of wardrobe, makeup, lighting and photography.

The residents were all happy to participate, even though they weren't quite sure what the end product was going to be, Speker said.

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However, that new total includes a weekend lag in reporting, as no new cases were reported there yesterday. Butler County saw 15 new coronavirus cases reported by the state Department of Health Tuesday.

Speker, who began working at Sydmar Lodge in 2015, has won accolades for his inventiveness before.

Nursing home residents at Sydmar Lodge Care Home in London have done a photo series recreating classic album covers, and they apparently had a ton of fun doing it.

In an interview with The Independent, Julia Davey, the manager of the nursing home, said that Speker is "well-known locally" for organizing activities that are "outside of the box".

Noting that Speker had won an activities coordinator award, Sydmar Lodge notes that he "performs his activities with creativeness, ingenuity, individuality and originality", and recently took a resident swimming for the first time in 20 years.

"We are not a stereotypical care home", Speker said.

Speker also says on the GoFundMe page-which is now at about half its goal of about $2,500-that "elderly people will remain in lockdown for a long time...."

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