We have been singing for dementia

We have been singing from the same song sheet as they launched their latest campaign as part of Dementia Action Week.

Home Instead has created a ‘Songs To Remember’ top 10 of favourite songs that caregivers and their clients love to sing together - and the team has been enjoying singing them with their clients.

The three most popular songs are ‘Bring me Sunshine’ sung by Morecambe & Wise, ‘It’s a Long way to Tipperary’ and ‘You Are My Sunshine’.

Research has shown that memories of songs activate very specific areas of the brain, which seem to be particularly resistant to the damaging effects of dementia. The clearest memories are for the music and songs they enjoyed and heard roughly between the ages of 10 and 30.

We have used the #SongsToRemember song sheet to sing along with their clients, colleagues and people in the local area at their Royal Wedding themed Memory Café, which took place last week. Our caregiver Kevin enjoyed playing music for the attendees on his guitar.

We’ve all experienced the feeling of being transported back to a place or time from our past through a piece of music or song, but for people who have dementia and their loved ones, that experience can be particularly magical.

It was wonderful getting everyone singing our number one song ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ and we even threw in some of the Morecambe & Wise dance moves. We were grateful for our caregiver Kevin, who learned the music to our top 10 songs, and we look forward to singing again at our next Memory Café in June.

Home Instead specialises in providing at-home care for the elderly, allowing people to remain independent for as long as possible.

We are the only home care company to offer dementia training that is City & Guilds accredited, making its caregivers experts in supporting people to live life well with dementia.

In order to identify the top 10 most popular songs Home Instead surveyed thousands of caregivers across its country-wide network.

Photo above: Royal Wedding themed Memory Café and a Home Instead client singing

#SongsToRemember Top Ten

  1. Bring Me Sunshine – Morecombe and Wise
  2. It's a Long Way to Tipperary – Music Hall Song
  3. You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis
  4. We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
  5. Oh What A Beautiful Morning - Gordon Macrae
  6. The White Cliffs of Dover - Vera Lynn
  7. Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
  8. Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
  9. Singing In the Rain – Gene Kelly
  10. My Way – Frank Sinatra
office group photo with CQC 'Outstanding' award
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home