Rock and roll star aids dementia care

A Cramlington businessman who has spent all of his life looking after the needs of others has enlisted the help of a rock and roll star to help people suffering from dementia.

Bluebird Care (Northumberland South) offers domiciliary care, support and assistance for people who need help to allow them to continue living in their own home.

Wah Akram started the business in 2013 after spending most of his working life in a customer care contact centre.

Based in the Apex Business Village in Cramlington, Wah’s team of 20 care workers provide a wide range of services that many people take for granted but are essential in order to make his customers lives as normal as possible.

“It is anticipated that by 2021, more than one million people will be affected by the condition and research has shown that music has the power to unlock memories and help to generate meaningful conversations,” said Wah.

Bluebird Care enlisted the help of Newbiggin rock and roll drummer Paul Hooper, who has played around the world with bands such as The Fortunes and Prelude.

At a special coffee afternoon at Newbiggin’s Maritime Centre, Paul gave an illustrated talk with music about his life on the road and in the studio during the 1960s and ‘70s.

“I was delighted to help relive happy memories for those people who have been diagnosed with this debilitating condition,” he said.

“Music is a great leveller and it was wonderful to chat with everyone about their personal memories of rock and roll.”