Singing for the Brain® is designed for people with dementia and their carers, giving them a structured session to stimulate the brain. It gives carers, and those they care for, the opportunity to share an interesting activity that they can do and enjoy together.
Singing is a wonderful way to combine memory skills, breathing control, exercise, and having fun, all in one simple session. Even if we have problems with day to day memory we can often remember the words to songs long after we have forgotten other things.
Songs evoke memories – we all have our favourite songs that remind us of things that have happened in the past – Singing for the Brain can help tap into these memories.
Singing is an excellent breathing exercise and each session will begin with warm-up exercises to get people physically ready to take part – a lot of the songs have been adapted to put ‘actions to music’ which increases exercise in a fun way. Word skills are also helped by singing – people may have problems articulating words in general conversation but find that they ‘come out right’ when sung.
Even non-singers, or people with non-verbal communication, can join in – percussion instruments are provided so that no one is left out.
People look forward to meeting the friends that they have made at Singing for the Brain and it’s a real social event. The sessions provide an opportunity for self-expression and confidence building.
For more information, call us on 01474 533990 or visit our website www.alz-dem.org
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Services – registered charity No. 1024385