What is Mummodisko?
Lying alone in your bed sucks. Is this the kind of old age I wish for myself?
These were the thoughts of two professionals of elderly care, Mikko Haapalainen and Joni Tammisalo, after working in senior care for a year. Many seniors seemed lonely and apathetic.
They decided to try something different. What if we organised an afternoon disco with rock’n’roll, jazz and twist and invited grannies and grandpas to come and dance?
Mummodisko (Senior Disco), an immediate success, was born. Their afternoon discos see people leaving walking aids behind to hit the dancefloor, seniors with dementia humming along to familiar tunes and senior care professionals and seniors alike immerse themselves in heartfelt discussions with each other.
In only two years, Mummodisko has grown into a phenomenon with over 80 discos in 10 cities and more than 3000 participants. So far, every event has been organised with volunteer power, with the help of companies such as OP. This can include lending an event space for a disco, covering the costs of a live band or coming along to dance at the event.
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