Alzheimer’s Society – North West England

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A new singing group for people living with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Grange-over-Sands. Singing for the Brain® is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems. The Singing for the Brain® programme promotes communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation. Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.The new group has been made possible after a £1,500 donation from Grange-over-Sands Soroptimists International. President of the organisation, Janice Carrick, said: “Music is very dear to my heart and I had been inspired by visiting some of the Singing for the Brain sessions in Kendal. I felt that there must be a need for this wonderful service in Grange.  “As Soroptimist International is a service organisation, the club was keen to run a pilot of the programme to see if there was a need. Through producing an Edwardian Music Hall and kind donations we raised enough money to fund the pilot working with the Alzheimer’s Society and using our members as volunteers and facilitators.” It is hoped the sessions will begin on October 16 and run from 10.30am until 12.30pm in the Community Centre at Allithwaite. For more information on Singing for the Brain please contact dementia support worker Sue Scott or Justine McCoy, services manager, on 01539 742 631. Operations manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Cumbria, Deborah Parker, said: “Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled – if only for a short while. The sessions help people with dementia communicate improving their mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves.”