New singing groups for people living with dementia are being officially launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Herts.
Singing For The Brain is a programme developed by music specialists to help people with memory problems and has been specifically created for people with dementia and their carers to help to sustain mental and psychological well-being.
This is achieved through stimulating, structured singing and some gentle activity – much more than just a sing-along.
There are now eight Singing For The Brain groups in Herts covering Welwyn Garden City, Hoddesdon, St Albans, Watford, Stevenage, Letchworth, Hemel Hempstead and Potters Bar.
Erika Aldridge, Alzheimer’s Society locality manager for Herts said: “As well as being great fun and uplifting for everyone who takes part, Singing for the Brain provides an opportunity to build friendships, gain support and share experiences with people who understand the issues surrounding living with dementia.
“Our specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of singing and rhythm with songs from different eras and styles to match everyone’s tastes.
“We know that it promotes communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.”
There are currently more than 13,000 people living with Dementia in Herts and that number is likely to reach 17,000 by 2021
People who are interested in joining a group should contact Sharon Meakin on 01707 265326. The charity is also looking for volunteers to help out with some of the groups – please get in touch if you are able to help.
To find out more about Alzheimer’s Society or Singing for the Brain visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/singingforthebrain