She was the princess of our television screens in the 70’s, and on August 30 Karen Knowles, the Young Talent Time legend, came to Anglican Care’s Alkira Respite & Day Therapy Centre in Kilpatrick Court to join consumers in music therapy and talk about some of her favourite moments growing up in front of an adoring Australian audience.
While it has been more than 30 years since Karen’s time on YTT came to an end, she has continued to forge a music career as a solo recording artist and live performer. She also collaborated and toured with legendary folk group ‘The Seekers’ for two years.
Karen joined with Anglican Care to deliver their Music Therapy for Seniors workshop which has a range of health benefits and is an enjoyable and immensely popular activity for Anglican Care’s residents and consumers.
Anglican Care’s Community Care Services General Manager, Chris Giles said music therapy has scientific benefits in improving people‘s health and wellbeing.
“Experience has shown us the vast benefits of music therapy for seniors, particularly those suffering the symptoms of dementia, making it an important part of our holistic approach to lifestyle and wellbeing programs,” Chris said.
“We were so excited to have Karen join us. She certainly got our resident’s endorphins going and had them tapping along to some of their favourite songs.”
Karen performed 10 songs including I Feel Good, Sunny Side of the Street, Edelweiss, Silent Night and Bye Bye Blackbird. She also helped them prepare for their own live performance at the annual Anglican Care Sensational Seniors concert in November, where they will perform their very own routine in front of other Anglican Care residents, consumers, families, staff and volunteers. Karen will also be the headline act at this event.