New singing group launched in town for people with dementia

The launch of Singing for the Brain.
The launch of Singing for the Brain.
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A new singing group for people living with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society and will be held at the Jethro Centre every second and fourth Monday from 10am-12noon.

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

Aaron Frazer, Singing for the Brain Leader.

Aaron Frazer, Singing for the Brain Leader.

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

Adele Doherty, Regional Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society said: “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 19,765 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland. With the right support people can live well with the condition in their communities.’ Aaron Frazer, Singing for the Brain leader said: “Singing for the Brain provides an opportunity for people with Dementia and their carers to express themselves creatively through music in a safe, positive environment. “Come along for a cup of tea or coffee and a scone for the first hour and then a relaxed hour singing workshop. Singing for the Brain is loosely based around the principles of Music Therapy and the proven knowledge that singing has mental and physiological benefits. Taking part in musical activities is also a great way to relax, have fun and make new friends. All voices welcome.’

The group will be held at the Jethro Centre, Lurgan every second and fourth Monday from 10am-12noon.

To find out more about attending Singing for the Brain contact Aaron Frazer on 07802 860 691 or email singing@alzheimers.org.uk or log on to alzheimers.org.uk/localinformation