Nursing Home Residents Recreate Iconic Album Covers During Lockdown
by Theresa Machemer/Smithsonianmag.com
Four months into COVID-19 lockdowns, staffers at senior care homes are coming up with increasingly innovative ways to fill residents’ time. In Edgeware, England, for instance, activities manager Robert Speker has been collaborating with seniors quarantined at Sydmar Lodge Care Home to recreate an array of iconic album covers.
As Laurel Wamsley reports for NPR, chosen albums range from Elvis Presley’s self-titled debut to Madonna’s True Blue and Adele’s 21. One remake features resident Sheila Solomon wielding a cane in a mirror image of the Clash’s guitar-smashing London Calling cover; Roma Cohen’s version of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane, meanwhile, finds her donning the artist’s famous lightning bolt makeup. Speker shared the images on Twitter earlier this month, and they quickly went viral.
“It’s pretty overwhelming, unbelievable. The lovely thing is the response,” Speker tells the BBC’s Gaby Roslin. “The response has been so positive and to know that the residents and I have done this project that has actually created smiles, that has spread all the way out of London … it’s kind of crazy when I think about it.”