group offers 'singing for the brain' to help Alzheimer's
unique new singing group for people living with dementia is being
launched by Alzheimers Society in Burnham-On-Sea this month.
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.
for the Brain' is a programme developed by Alzheimers Society
for people with memory problems which promotes communication through
singing to help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.
trained staff deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and
gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different
eras and styles.
Tillman, Support Service Manager for the Alzheimer's Society in
Somerset, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Even when many memories
are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled -
if only for a short while."
sessions help people with dementia communicate, improving their
mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves."
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."
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."
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
find out more about attending the 'Singing for the Brain' sessions
in Burnham-On-Sea, contact Paul King on 01278 663760.