Brit dementia sufferer takes trip back in time after heartwarming appeal to help

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A Brit pensioner living in the US has been taken on a trip back in time for an old-fashioned singsong after an appeal to help her went viral.

Dementia sufferer Dorothy Stein, 89, was born and brought up in Newcastle but left to start a new life in Canada in 1949.

There she met her German-born husband Helmut, 89, at a dance hall – and it was love at first sight.

They later moved to America, had two daughters and now live together at Standish Village in Boston, Massachusetts.

When Dorothy recalled her childhood, carer Maisie Miller, who specialises in memory therapy for dementia sufferers, put out a Facebook appeal to ask for some music.

Dorothy Stein, 89, was born and brought up in Newcastle but left to start a new life in Canada in 1949
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She was inundated with offers of help including the popular folk song 'Blaydon Races' – and soon discovered that the tune had never left Dorothy.

A heartwarming video of her belting out the song has won her an army of fans and she tells staff: 'I loved that' as she finishes singing the song.

Maisie, 24, revealed a group based in Walker, Newcastle helped with a variety of suggestions which helped take Maisie back to her childhood.

She said: "Dorothy is a real kindred spirit, she loves music just like me and we have grown very close.

"She left England for Canada when she was just 18 – she was a real adventurer – and met Helmut at a dance, he said it was love at first sight.

"Her parents were not sure about him obviously because of the war but he won them over with his charm."

Maisie said: "Dementia affects people differently but music, poetry and prayer are at the core of all of us."
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Blaydon Race was first performed at Balmbra's Music Hall in Newcastle on 5 June 1862 by Geordie Ridley and became an anthem on the terraces at Newcastle United games.

Maisie said: "Dementia affects people differently but music, poetry and prayer are at the core of all of us.
"It is a really spiritual thing finding out what makes that connection for people, you learn what really matters in life, and for Dorothy it was definitely music – she just loves the Blaydon Races."

"She is very charming. I loved hearing her stories about Whitley Bay and the lighthouse and her days out by the beach.

Those memories are deep rooted for her, she remembered all the words. I don't know much about Geordie culture but Dorothy raises her eyebrows and says 'Oh yes I am a proud Geordie.'

"She was crying and laughing, she was completely engaged and alert, it was amazing to see her singing.

"Those kind of moments with Dorothy, they are few and far between, but when they do come, they are amazing."