New singing group for people living with dementia

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A new singing group for people living with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society at Rastrick Grange Care Home.

Singing for the Brain® is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems. The Singing for the Brain® programme promotes communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation. Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

Sue Todd, Singing for the Brain Leader in Calderdale 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 1513 people living in Calderdale living with dementia and this is predicted to rise to 3274 in 2021 but with the right support people can live well with the condition for a number of years.”

To find out more about attending contact Sue Todd, Singing for the Brain leader on 01422 352789 or e-mail

The first singing session will take place at Rastrick Grange Care Home, Close Lea Avenue, Rastrick, Brighouse, on October 15 at 2.30pm until 4pm. The session is open to anyone living with dementia and their family.