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Tue Jan 22, 2019, 01:53 PM

Along with shave and a haircut, this dementia-friendly barber offers 'a bit of dignity'

At 17, Lenny White worked in a care facility in his native Northern Ireland, washing dishes and serving food. He found he had a knack for talking with dementia patients.

“I used to love working with them and getting into their world,” he recalled. “They would say, ‘I’m only 30,’ or ‘I want my mummy.’ I’d say, ‘Your mummy will be back soon;’ you wouldn’t tell them, ‘Your mother’s dead.’"

Even after he grew up and became a marketing consultant, he never forgot how good talking to dementia patients had made him feel. Two decades later, after getting divorced, he took a barbering course. A friend who worked in a care facility mentioned how there was a salon for the women there, done up in pink, but nothing equivalent for the men. So White decided to do a men’s day. He brought in a barber’s pole, put on an old-fashioned barber’s apron and sprayed the room with a lemon-scented cologne. He turned on the music of Dean Martin and Elvis Presley, and a group of men was brought in for haircuts.

They loved it. “The staff noticed a big difference,” White recalled of that day, a little over two years ago. As the music played, he chatted with the men and snipped away. Some who had been agitated became relaxed and tapped their feet. Word spread to other care facilities, and thus White, who lives in Bangor, Northern Ireland, became Lenny the Mobile Barber, traveling around the United Kingdom and beyond to deliver an old-fashioned hot towel shave-and-a-haircut to men with dementia.



Really nice article by Tara Bahrampour at https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/01/18/along-with-shave-haircut-this-dementia-friendly-barber-offers-a-bit-dignity/?utm_term=.071d2de0363a&wpisrc=nl_optimist&wpmm=1

Lenny travels around Ireland and makes trips to New Jersey cutting dementia patients hair.


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Reply Along with shave and a haircut, this dementia-friendly barber offers 'a bit of dignity' (Original post)
FSogol Jan 2019 OP
FM123 Jan 2019 #1
FSogol Jan 2019 #2
FM123 Jan 2019 #3
FSogol Jan 2019 #7
malaise Jan 2019 #5
FSogol Jan 2019 #6
912gdm Jan 2019 #4
FSogol Jan 2019 #8

Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2019, 02:00 PM

1. What a heartwarming story!

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Response to FM123 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2019, 02:19 PM

2. Yeah, this one really hit home since my Dad is suffering from Alzheimers. n/t

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Response to FSogol (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2019, 06:50 PM

3. I'm so sorry, sending you hugs!

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Response to FM123 (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 22, 2019, 11:41 PM

7. Thanks. n/t

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Response to FM123 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2019, 07:16 PM

5. FSogol always posts lovely

uplifting stories of human love, caring and decency.

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 22, 2019, 11:41 PM

6. I try. Many of the posts on DU are about the worst people in the world. I try

to find the best people and highlight them. As long as there are people like the ones I try to highlight in the world, I think we'll be all ok.



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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2019, 07:07 PM

4. that man has a goods soul.

thanks for posting. nice news in todays echo chamber of insanity

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Response to 912gdm (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2019, 11:41 PM

8. Anytime. n/t

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