Residents at a Croydon care home enjoyed a silent disco last week, donning headphones to hear their favourite tunes.

Research shows that exposure to music offers significant health benefits to elderly people, encouraging movement, reducing blood pressure and stimulating organs.

Residents, all in their 80s and 90s, chose their own playlists, some getting up to dance while others tapped their feet.

The Home’s Activities Coordinator, Carol Roberts, said: “It was fabulous, our residents loved it!

"They could hear the music through their headphones and nothing else, so they sang along and got a bit lost in the music.

"Some got up and danced and even residents who don’t usually join in, got moving a little, even if it was just tapping their feet.

"It was so uplifting, really excellent for both mental and physical wellbeing. We’re going to make it part of our routine.”

James Terry Court is run by RMBI Care Co, part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

The home cares for older Freemasons, their families and people in the wider community.