Home Instead, who offer homecare services as well as local community outreach projects, have partnered with Alzheimer’s Society to run Singing for the Brain, a friendly and informal singing group aimed at keeping people living with dementia to remain connected and engaged.
The 1.5 hr sessions, which take place in Mold and Wrexham, bring people together to sing a variety of old and new songs, with fun vocal exercises to improve brain activity and increase wellbeing. Long-term musical memory is often retained when other memories are lost and evidence suggests that music can help to improve mood and support alertness and engagement.
The group is also a positive step in preventing social isolation in people affected by dementia. Singing for the Brain provides a safe space for those living with dementia and their carers to interact with others in a similar situation.
Heather Collin, Community Engagement Lead at Home Instead and Singing for the Brain session leader said: “We are delighted to see how well received Singing for the Brain has been. We have had an amazing response from local residents and I’m really excited to continue running these groups on a regular basis and supporting even more people who are living with dementia.
Having this type of support in place is absolutely vital to ensure that people with dementia know that they aren’t alone and that there is a safe environment for them to come and take part in the activities that they enjoy. Music can be a great form of therapy and it’s lovely to see everyone go home with a huge smile on their faces.
There is a great mix of music from throughout the decades – from old music hall pieces right up to current pop songs. We usually have a theme for each session so there is always great variety!”
Sessions run monthly at the following times:
For more information or to book your place, please contact Heather Collin on 01978 660423 or email [email protected]