U.K.’s oldest residents recreate Taylor Swift’s album covers, proving age is no barrier to music

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    29th May 2024 – (Aylesbury) Residents at Bartlett’s Residential Care Home in Aylesbury, known as the “Senior Swifties,” are making waves online as they recreate iconic album covers by Taylor Swift. These spirited individuals, with an average age of 87, have come together ahead of the U.K. Eras Tour this summer to prove that age is not a hindrance to the power of music.

    In collaboration with care home marketplace Lottie, Bartlett’s Residential Care Home residents have recreated their favourite Taylor Swift album covers. This heartwarming project includes Elizabeth (91) recreating Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), Beryl (95) and Jill (86) inspired by Red and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) respectively.

    With ages ranging from 80 to 95, the residents have successfully recreated five of Taylor Swift’s most famous album covers. Carol (80) took on Midnight, Janet (79) chose Lover, Elizabeth (91) opted for Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), Jill (86) recreated 1989 (Taylor’s Version), and Beryl (95) tackled Red (Taylor’s Version).

    This uplifting activity has brought immense joy to all involved, particularly the residents. Carol, Bartlett’s biggest Taylor Swift fan, expressed her admiration for Swift’s outfits, especially her sparkly Eras Tour costumes, saying, “I wish I could wear outfits like Taylor Swift every day.”

    Janet, a music enthusiast, found it difficult to pick a favourite song from Swift’s repertoire. She recreated the Lover album cover and was thrilled to wear sparkly love hearts on her face throughout the day. Janet shared, “I’ve loved being pampered. It’s been such a great day to watch everyone pick a photo to recreate.”

    Notably, the project aimed to highlight the immense benefits of music for individuals with dementia or in a care setting. By analyzing the beats per minute of Taylor Swift’s songs, Lottie created a dementia-friendly playlist that enabled Bartlett’s Care Home residents to host their own Eras Tour concert. The playlist comprised 30 songs and over two hours of music, including popular hits like “Love Story” and tracks from Swift’s latest album, “The Tortured Poets Department.”

    Chris Donnelly, Co-Founder of Lottie, expressed satisfaction in partnering with Bartlett’s Care Home and lauded the residents for proving that age is no barrier to celebrating the magic of music. The project aimed to debunk misconceptions surrounding care homes and demonstrate that they can be the start of a new and fulfilling chapter in life.

    The collaboration between Lottie and Bartlett’s Care Home reflects their shared commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents through engaging activities. By bringing different generations together to celebrate the power of music, they hope to raise awareness about the support available for those with dementia and showcase the positive impact of music therapy in care homes.

    Kavita Salhotra, People Innovation Manager at Bartlett’s Care Home, emphasized the importance of providing exceptional and personalized care that enriches residents’ lives. The Swifties project exemplifies their dedication to resident engagement and innovative care, creating a vibrant and supportive community. The collaboration with Lottie reinforces their commitment to offering unique and enjoyable activities that bring joy and lasting memories to residents.

    Carol (80) recreated Midnights
    Beryl (95) recreated Red