'It's a lifesaver': Concerts return to Peel aged care homes

In any normal week, Eddie Storm, who is in his 80s, would sing and entertain hundreds of residents in retirement homes and at senior centres across the Peel region.

But with senior centres and aged care homes closing their doors in a bid to contain COVID-19 it left a lot of elderly stuck in self-isolation and musicians like Eddie out of a job.

According to Relationships Australia, people who are 75+ experienced more loneliness than any other age bracket.

As the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll this age bracket was even more at risk of being lonely as they became socially distant from their loved ones

Mandurah musician Eddie Storm says being able to play concerts again is a lifesaver as he became despondent during COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Supplied.

Mandurah musician Eddie Storm says being able to play concerts again is a lifesaver as he became despondent during COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Supplied.

Losing 23 shows in less than a week, Eddie said he began to lose his passion for music during lockdown.

"I'm 88 and didn't have much to do with all my shows cancelled," he said.

"I even reached a stage where I stopped rehearsing and you can't do that when you're older because you will lose your talents."

But with Western Australia moving to Phase Four recently he said being able to play concerts again was a lifesaver.

"Concerts are on the way back now as I have five shows already booked and obviously more to come now that restrictions are easing up," he said.

"For me it's a lifesaver because I was getting a bit despondent."

After months of lockdown, Bedingfeld Pinjarra residents are enjoying social activities such as concerts again. Photo: Supplied.

After months of lockdown, Bedingfeld Pinjarra residents are enjoying social activities such as concerts again. Photo: Supplied.

With Peel retirement homes in lockdown for several months the return of concerts has also been a lifesaver for many of the elderly residents.

"They are very elderly and some of them are suffering from Alzheimers so the music is really beneficial," Eddie said.

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"The nurses have told me that some of the patients in there can't speak but they sing along to my music so it's just miraculous.

"It really was a love affair to get back and see those smiling faces and get them to sing along with me and tell them some funny stories to make them laugh."