Dementia singing group’s comeback
01 September, 2017 — By Tom Foot
A SINGING group for people with dementia – and their carers – is returning to Westminster.
Singing for the Brain, a programme developed by the Alzheimer’s Society, will be run at ARK Home Healthcare in Westbourne Park Road, every Tuesday until October 31.
Penny Seely, who runs the sessions, said: “Even when memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled – if only for a short while. Singing for the Brain can help people with dementia communicate, improving their mood and leaving them feeling positive.”
She added: “I’ll never forget one participant in my group grew in confidence so much that she spontaneously sang a solo in our final session. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never sung in a choir; we don’t require participants to read music or audition, we just want people to have fun!“Whether you’re living with the condition or caring for someone who is, we’d love to welcome you to our group.”
\Each session starts with refreshments and social time before a gentle warm-up and singing. The service is open to any residents of Westminster and is funded by Hammersmith & Fulham, Central London and West London Clinical Commissioning Groups.