‘The initial reaction was just joy’: window therapy brings light to aged care residents

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With coronavirus restrictions still in place at Australia’s aged care facilities, artists are finding new ways to connect

Once a week, Benhur Helwend sanitises his ukulele, meticulously washes his hands and slaps on a cheery boater hat to prepare for a new kind of performance. The punters who’ll gather to hear him play are residents at an aged care home on Sydney’s north shore. And depending which way you look at it, either Helwend or his audience members are behind glass. This is window therapy – a way of engaging elderly people with the arts (and a good singalong) while physical distancing restrictions are in place.

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