Music therapy group to help those with dementia

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People living with dementia and their carers are being invited to join a music therapy group run by Alzheimer’s Society staff in Blyth.

Singing for the Brain is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems and its monthly Blyth session will take place on Monday, August 3, at the Phoenix Theatre, Beaconsfield Street.

A specially-trained facilitator will ensure people with dementia get as much out of their musical meetings as possible by delivering a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance.

Songs from different eras and diverse styles will aim to promote communication through singing and which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.

Alzheimer’s Society business development officer for Northumberland, Amy Syron-Mallenby, says Singing for the Brain is a hit for people affected by dementia in and around Blyth.

Ashington-based Amy said: “Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled if only for a short while.

“The sessions, which are fun and stimulating, help people with dementia communicate improving their mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves.

“There are more than 4,800 people affected who are living with dementia in Northumberland and this will rise to nearly 5,900 by in 2020 but with the right support people can live well with the condition for a number of years.”

The Blyth Singing for the Brain sessions take place on the first Monday of each month from 1.30 to 3pm.

For more information about attending contact Amy on 01670 813255.