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Singing group combats Dementia through music

Singing group combats Dementia through music

Published at 11:33am 11th September 2019. (Updated at 11:57am 11th September 2019)

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Alzheimer's Society are holding weekly 'Singing for the Brain' sessions in Harrogate to boost confidence and well-being for those living with dementia.

  • Home Instead Senior Care are supporting 'Singing for the Brain,' a weekly session that can help unlock memories through music.
  • 'Singing for the Brain' is held at Christchurch in Harrogate every Monday from 1:30pm-3pm.

'Singing for the Brain' is a fun and stimulating social group for people living with dementia and their carers, based around the concept of music therapy with both old and newer songs that can help unlock memories for those with memory problems.

The weekly sing-song sessions at Christchurch, run by Alzheimer's Society, are both interactive and social, allowing members to engage with the music before socialising over tea, coffee and cake.

Home Instead Senior Care, who provide care at home services for the elderly, often team up with Alzheimer's Society to support community groups such as Singing for the Brain and Memory Lane Cafe.

Singing for the brain songs
Singing for the Brain sessions are held at Christchurch every Monday, from 1:30pm - 3pm for those living with Dementia and their carers.

Dementia Support Worker Anne Cook explained how the social aspect of the group is benefiting those who come along:

"Even new people integrate very quickly and soon make friends. A lot of the people here also meet outside of this group as well, so it's a great place to make friends and enjoy yourself.

Singer Becky Bowe has been volunteering at the group for six years and recalls a particular story that made her quite emotional:

"We had one lady who couldn't remember anything, and sang one song which happened to be her wedding song, and remembered her first dance, her wedding day and her husband's name.

"Music is so important for them and often it brings back a lot of memories."

Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain is run by the Alzheimer’s Society in 30 different locations across the nation, and aims to boost confidence, self-esteem and quality of life by involving people with dementia and their carers in interactive sing-song sessions.

The total number of people with dementia in the UK is predicted to be in excess of 1 million by 2021 and while there are no long-term cures, ways of alleviating symptoms are becoming more available and accessible.

Music and singing to unlock memories is an increasingly key feature of dementia care and seems to reach parts of the damaged brain in ways other forms of communication cannot, according to Age UK.

Singing for the brain singers

To find out more about Home Instead, the services they provide or their work in the community, find them online or give them a call on 01423 774490.

You can also contact the Alzheimer's Society regarding the weekly Singing for the Brain sessions on 01904 929444.

Ben Groom from Stray Lifestyle went along to the 'Singing for the Brain' group at Christchurch in Harrogate:

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