The Wobbles donate a musical legacy

The Wobbles ukelele ensemble used the Legacy Christmas lunch to make a special presentation to the group.

As well as performing for the visitors, the latest donation of iPods and headphones for dementia patients at the various aged care facilities were passed on to Legacy for distribution.

Music Evokes Memories (MEM) was launched earlier this year to help care for aged car home residents suffering from dementia.

MEM founder Adeline Perrett and The Wobbles co-ordinate the program, asking families about their relative's music interests and filling the respective digital music players with tunes tailored to each person.

The iPods and headphones are contained within small carry pouches created by the Candelo sewing group.

Michael Maxworthy from The Wobbles said the effect of music on the aged, particularly those with dementia, "is massive".

"We've had feedback that some residents who get extremely agitated and anxious, once they put the headphones on they relax and are far more happy and compliant," Mr Maxworthy said.

"Music is somehow embedded in your brain - you never lose it."

Over 100 people attended the Legacy lunch for local war widows, carers, friends and invited guests which was held at the Merimbula RSL Club on Monday, December 4.

Legacy Far South Coast chairman Peter Johnston said the RSL was very supportive.

There are 107 war widows between Bournda and the Victorian border who are mainly WWII war widows and a couple of Vietnam war widows.

To donate money, or iPods, contact Ms Perrett on 0418 200 161 or The Wobbles founder Michael Maxworthy on 0472 699 444.