Singing for the Brain is an initiative developed by the Alzheimer’s Society. It brings people affected by dementia together to sing a variety of songs they know and love, in a fun and friendly environment. It also includes vocal exercises that help improve brain activity and wellbeing.
100% of people who go along to Singing for the Brain sessions say they’ve improved their life in some way. The sessions are usually held in community groups in various venues.
Our Dementia Care Manager Jenny Mullinder, who works at our Dementia Centre of Excellence Amber Wood, spoke to the Alzheimer’s Society to see if the sessions could take place in our care homes due to the frailty of some of our customers.
After further discussions it was agreed that we would become a Singing for the Brain partner, so that we could be trained and can deliver our own sessions in our care homes.
Jenny will become trained to run the sessions along with two more colleagues so that we can run them in Birmingham, Telford and Staffordshire. The sessions will take place once a week and are likely to be held in the following schemes Bennett House, Farcroft, Silver Birches, Amber Wood and Bowbrook.
Our Dementia Care Manager Jenny Mullinder said: “We’re so pleased to become a Singing for the Brain partner. It will make such a positive impact on our customers. It is a well-known fact that music and singing can improve the wellbeing for someone living with dementia.
“The plan is to initially role this out within our care homes and then once we are confident with the sessions, we will look to open it up to the local community to join in too and experience the amazing benefits it offers.”
Find out more about Singing for the Brain on the Alzheimer’s Society website.