Published: September 11, 2013
New group offers 'singing for the brain' to help
Alzheimer's sufferers

A unique new singing group for people living with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Burnham-On-Sea this month.

The group will meet each week at Burnham Baptist Church in College Street, starting on Tuesday 24th September at 2.30pm, and then continuing on the same day and time every other week.

'Singing for the Brain' is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems which promotes communication through singing to help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.

Specially trained staff deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

Hazel Tillman, Support Service Manager for the Alzheimer's Society in Somerset, told "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."

"There are 7,640 in Somerset and this will rise to 11,495 in 2021 but with the right support people can live well with the condition for a number of years."

North Sedgemoor GP Federation's Dr Carol Reynolds added: "Dementia is a big priority for the North Sedgemoor GP Federation and that is why we have funded this local programme."

"The Alzheimers Society has a lot of experience in this area, and research shows that singing can bring significant benefits for people with dementia. Carers also benefit from the events as they bring people together who have so much to share in terms of experience, advice and support."

To find out more about attending the 'Singing for the Brain' sessions in Burnham-On-Sea, contact Paul King on 01278 663760.

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