New group to use song as therapy

A new music therapy group specially designed for people living with dementia is being launched next week by Alzheimer’s Society staff in Blyth.

Singing for the Brain is a programme developed by the charity or people with memory problems.

The group’s first session will take place on Monday, August 4, at the Phoenix Theatre in Beaconsfield Street, where a specially-trained facilitator will ensure people with dementia get as much out of the 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, 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.”

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

Call (0191) 274 2727 for more details.