Singing has been proven to play a special role in dementia care and one Sussex care home has capitalised on music’s therapeutic effects by partnering with Alzheimer’s initiative - Singing for the Brain.
Clifden House, specialist dementia care centre in Seaford, started holding a daily singing group for residents after learning about the work of Chreanne Montgomery-Smith, of the Alzheimer's Society.
Chreanne devised Singing for the Brain sessions in 2003 after noticing that even though other memories may be hard to retrieve for a person with dementia, music is actually easy to recall.
On Thursday 11th May, Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley will be hosting a regular Memory Café, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society
The Sunrise community is offering this free drop-in service, which will take place on the second Thursday of every month, from 10 am – 12 pm. The Café is open to all who may have concerns about their memory or the memory of a loved one or friend.
A relaxed combination of activities and memory focused group gatherings will be planned, but the community will also be liaising with attendees to find out what they would like to get out of the meetings.
Some sessions will have a guest speaker from the local area – ranging from dementia and nutritional experts to paramedics and GPs, that can offer advice and answer any questions.
A Bo’ness care home had a Burns Night to remember as they hosted an evening of fine dining, music and quizzes – all with a distinctly Scottish flavour.
Bield’s Woodlands care home, on Kinneil Drive, celebrated the birth of the Ploughman Poet, with an evening of crafts and sing-a-longs, topped off by a traditional rich three course menu.
The classic Burns Night menu was on offer for the night and tenants tucked into a starter of Scotch broth, followed by a main of haggis, neeps and tatties or square sausage stovies. For dessert Scottish tablet ice cream, tea and coffee with shortbread or even a "wee dram" was on offer.
Working in the East Midlands, I sing in care homes, accompanying myself with acoustic guitar, Irish bouzouki and harmonicas. I don't use amplification or backing tracks, it's all unplugged and live. I have a large and varied repertoire of popular songs, mostly from the 50s and 60s, lively foot-tapping sing-along songs and gentler ones for each occasion. I can often do requests too, and if I don't know them I'll learn requested songs for return bookings. Call me on 07745175515 to discuss your booking.